Journal Prompts in Kindergarten for Daily Math Practice

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Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

Daily Math Practice Through Math Journals

February 22 Deedee 2 min read

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

Kindergarten Math Journals

Do your students journal write each day? We often use writing journals in the classroom, but what about math? Daily math journals can be a great way to reinforce and review math concepts in a creative way. 

Getting Set Up

At the beginning of the school year, when the stores are FULL of school supplies, I stock up on composition notebooks. I put a cute label on each one and then we are good to go!

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

For each month, I print the journal prompts and sometimes have an amazing parent volunteer to cut and organize them for me. I store the journal prompts in snack sized Ziploc bags or paper clips work well, too. All of the prompts can be found by clicking here, Daily Math Journals. 

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

Journal Prompts in Kindergarten

Now you’re ready to get started using math journals in your classroom! When first starting, model how to glue the journal prompt at the top of the page and illustrate to show that prompt. I read each prompt several times. Most students are independent after hearing the journal prompt a couple of times. 

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

Whoa! That’s a LOT of glue. Just a dot, not a lot! 

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

The journal prompts in kindergarten are not intended to be taught sequentially. Pick and choose which prompts work for you and align with your curriculum. The Common Core standards are at the top of each journal page. 

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

You can also complete a shared drawing of a journal prompt to reinforce a skill. 

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

I check in with students, draw a quick smiley face, and we continue with our day. Math journals are a quick way to review a variety of math concepts and informally assess student progress. 

Journal prompts in kindergarten for daily math practice. Daily math notebook prompts for students to solve common core kindergarten math standards problems. Students work on math story problems through drawing and writing.

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4 Comments

  • Ashlet March 30 at 8:22 am

    What do the early finishers do? I knownsome would take 1 minute and others would take 15 to do these. Im always wondering what the early finishers should do.

    • Deedee March 30 at 11:45 am

      We actually only take about 5-8 minutes to do these, so those who finish, I would ask them to expand on their illustrations.

  • Mikell Spencer July 14 at 12:26 am

    Hello there!
    When do you do the journals before or after the whole group math lesson?
    Do you do one each day?

    • Deedee July 19 at 3:54 pm

      I did journals after our whole group lesson. I tried to do one each day, but at a minimum, we did them 4 out of 5 days.

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