With the introduction of Common Core Standards a huge focus in Kindergarten is number awareness. To simply know how to rote count and add numbers is not enough. Now, the kids are expected to understand numbers inside and out. They are also expected to really understand the whys and hows of math. They have to explain their thinking.
In effort to facilitate this kind of thinking I have made a set of math journal prompts for the entire school year. There are 173 Prompts to use throughout the entire year. I have designed these prompts to correlate with the Common Core Kindergarten standards. The prompts are organized by concepts (that can be seen below). There are 10 of the same prompts on each page. They are ready to be cut out and glued in their journal.
-63 Prompts: Building Numbers with Counting, Cardinality, and Subitizing
-25 Prompts: Geometry
-60 Prompts: Beginning Operations and Algebraic Thinking
-25 Prompts: Measurement
The prompts begin relatively easy. We do several journal prompts together before the kids are asked to complete them independently. Remember! Writing the answer is not enough! We get the kids in the habit of doing 3 things in their journal: show their answer with symbols, words, and telling (eventually writing) someone why (their reasoning). Of course, the ‘why’ is the most important! :) As the prompts progress they become much more challenging and require higher order thinking.
If you have any questions let me know!