Let's think about the old style math journal: quiet, boring, busy work. Common Core has swept the nation off of our feet. We're gearing learning toward the individual learner not whole group. Many of our methods of instruction had to change. Math journaling is no different, what we were doing wasn't reaching each child. These journals were created with the child in mind. Students are discussing, performing, and questioning each day.
The journal has the same format each day, 4 parts:
1. Number of the Day (this does not coincide with the school days, but instead the students works through finding ways to build to that number using ten frames, cubes, and towers of tens and ones)
2. Thinking About Math: This is one question that deeply concentrates on one concept we've taught or are currently working on.
3. Working With Numbers Pictures and Words: For so long we've taught finding the key words in word problems and then creating a number sentence from there. Students weren't accountable for real thinking. Now, each day students will think deeply about a word problem analyze it, make a plan to solve, then solve by attacking the word problem.
4. Daily Data: Data is now interactive and the students actually take part in creating the graph each week. Each week, the class works on one graph that stays up and is used for the whole week.
This format looks the same each day, it's the content that changes. When students are doing their journal, they are using manipulatives for each part, discussing with a math buddy their thinking, and proving their results. Gone are the quiet no thinking journal days and we welcome interactive and deep discussion journal fun.
Hint: For deep thinking and questioning that is student guided, have students work on their journal with their math buddy on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and on their own on Tuesday and Thursday.
This is the perfect way to start your day with deep math journaling as your morning work. This bundled packet includes 100 days of journaling completely designed around and aligned to the core and 20 daily data questions and graphs for each week. In first grade, this journal not designed for the first day of school, but instead we want to introduce it when our students are ready. It is intended to begin on the 5th or 6th week of school and carry you to the end of the school year.
Each of my 4 journals is sold for $5.00 each, but now you can get all 4 for $17.00.