Math Journals Resource Guide | Math Journal Rubric, Cover, and Templates

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Are you ready to increase your students’ written communication and critical thinking skills with math journals? This resource is designed for teachers who want to get started using math journals in the classroom. This pack includes a math journal rubric that can be used to evaluate your students’ work, three math journal templates, and a 16-page resource guide with student work samples— everything you need to implement math journals in your classroom tomorrow.

What’s unique about this resource?

❤️ The math journal rubric includes student-friendly language and is designed to help students analyze their work for areas of improvement. 

❤️ The 16-page resource and implementation guide provides all the details needed to get started with math journals.

❤️ Student samples and scoring explanations are included to help teachers understand the scoring process. 

❤️ The ready-to-use templates and printables are included to help you get started with math journals right away. 

What’s included in this resource?

This 16-page resource guide includes the following topics: 

✅ What are math journals

✅ Why use math journals

✅ What makes a good math journal task

✅ Where to find journal tasks

✅ How to set up math journals

✅How to assign a journal task

✅ Introducing the journal rubric

✅ Components of the rubric

✅ Scoring the rubric

✅ Reporting the score

✅ Communicating with parents

✅ Student writing samples

The following math journal templates are also included: 

✅ Student-friendly Rubric 

✅ Journal cover (available in color and black and white) 

✅ Student expectations

✅ Table of contents 

✅ Grading tools, including labels and quarter-sized rubrics  

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have been wanting a great way to assess students with their math journals, and really have them use it as a tool.  Thank you for this awesome resource! ~ Misty N. 

I hope this pack helps to increase your students’ communication and critical thinking skills!- The Routty Math Teacher


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Mathematically proficient students understand and use stated assumptions, definitions, and previously established results in constructing arguments. They make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures. They are able to analyze situations by breaking them into cases, and can recognize and use counterexamples. They justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others. They reason inductively about data, making plausible arguments that take into account the context from which the data arose. Mathematically proficient students are also able to compare the effectiveness of two plausible arguments, distinguish correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed, and-if there is a flaw in an argument-explain what it is. Elementary students can construct arguments using concrete referents such as objects, drawings, diagrams, and actions. Such arguments can make sense and be correct, even though they are not generalized or made formal until later grades. Later, students learn to determine domains to which an argument applies. Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments.


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