This week’s Throwback is all about Math Journals! I dug deep into past posts and have a few things to share.
Preparing the Journals
Last year I added duct tape to the spines of my journals, so students can easily grab the correct journal.
Here is what my journals will look like for 2014-2015.
How do I introduce math journals to my class?
Here is a post from August 21, 2013:
|Don’t judge… this was a quick sketch!|
I read the prompt to them a few times and the students begin to draw. Once I see they have gotten started, I cut these out and place them in the lid of their crayon box. I do not cut the prompts out ahead of time. Each month has at least 25 different prompts, so I do not use every prompt every month. At the end of the month, I only have a few pages to recycle.
|This image is a few years old. I used to use spiral notebooks, but the composition books hold up so much better.|
Then the students can glue the prompt to the top of their page. I have been asked why I don’t print them on labels… ummm…. expensive! I have used this format for a few years now and it works perfectly. After the first few weeks, math journals only take about 5-10 minutes to complete.
I have updated the entire year’s worth of Math Journals so they are aligned to the CCSS. If you have previously purchased the prompts, you can get the updated ones at no additional charge. Just go to “My Purchases.” These prompts will be on sale until Saturday.