This interactive math problem solving journal is based on 1st Grade Standards, but can be used for enrichment and/or intervention for other primary grades. I use it throughout the entire year, usually once a week.
After choosing 1 of the 4 covers, you will print 31 pages.
There are 6 sections that cover all 1st grade word problem scenarios and each section has 5 problems:
1. Adding two numbers to find how many there are "all together".
2. Subtracting to find out how many "are left".
3. Finding "how many more".
4. Missing Addends
5. Adding 3 numbers together and applying the mental math strategies of doubles facts and making a ten
6. Applying number bonds and fact families to make combinations.
Every page has a place to mark if the problem was completed whole group, with guidance or as independent practice.
Every page also has an independent practice scoring rubric, in case you want to use the page as a summative assessment.
I created this product 3 years ago and have been tweeking it each year. Generally, I use the first 2 problems in each section to introduce the problem solving scenario. We do these whole group for modeling purposes. Problems 3 and 4 are often used as guided practice or I have students work together to solve the problem to encourage cooperative learning. 5 can be used in centers, as a formative assessment and/or a summative assessment. For students needing enrichment, they can write their own problems for others to solve, based on the examples they have been given.
The entire journal could also be used exclusively for formative and summative assessment purposes.
Students learn to figure out what they know and don't know in each scenario. They learn to draw pics and/or create mind movies to help them problem solve. They use color and shape to attend to precision. I especially love the box where they write their number sentence to represent their work. This allows awesome opportunities for them to share "how they figured it out" and for different students to show different ways they solved the problem. As the year goes on, students really begin to show understanding of how addition and subtraction relate to each other and also become consistent at applying their knowledge of math facts when faced with a missing addend situation.
The rubric is based on standards for mathematical practice, such as "attending to precision". I am able to give immediate feedback, based on the rubric and children are also able to give great feedback to each other after they have become familiar with the rubric.
This is a great tool to show parents at conferences and also to send home at the end of the year as a summary of First Grade Math expectations.
The kids love it and I feel like it is confirmation to me that I have fully covered the problem solving standards.