Free Math Journals Template - Sample Journal Prompts and Editable Blank Template

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Grade Levels
1st - 4th
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Math journal sample prompts and blank, editable math journal template aligned to the CCSS for elementary students to show and explain their mathematical thinking. The sample prompts are open ended and could be used with multiples grade levels to assess students' understanding of addition with regrouping, arrays and skip counting, and mentally subtraction tens. Want to make your own prompt? The blank, editable templates make it easy to type in any question you want to assess or just print it out and handwrite the prompt. Math journals are great for formative assessments, math talks, or math centers. Each page has space for students to draw pictures to show their work and explain their mathematical thinking.

What's Included: 4 sample math journal prompts and blank, editable templates.

•P.4-5 Blank templates with editable boxes or you can print it out and write in the space. To type, just click on the blue boxes. Feel free to edit the font and text size by highlighting the text and hitting “ctrl + e.”

•P.6-9 Journal Prompts – these are sample journal prompts from my 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade journal products. The standards are listed at the top but they can be adapted for different grades. For example, the array prompt could be use 1st-4th. Younger students may count them all or make groups of 10 while older students might write multiplication sentences to solve.

•P. 10- Rubric – this is a generic rubric so you can use it with any prompt.

Digital Option: This is a PDF and is available as a TpT Easel Activity. Students can use the pen and shape tools to show their work. They can then use the text boxes provided to explain their thinking.

Want More? Check out these math journals with prompts aligned to the CCSS.

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Subtract multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 from multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 (positive or zero differences), using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.
Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.


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