We use composition notebooks for our math journals. At the beginning of the year I broke open my craft locker and let the kids decorate their composition notebooks. They used scrapbook paper, jewels, crepe paper... you name it and ended up with some "bling"ing notebooks. Some teachers would totally flip at the idea of such crazy notebooks but the kids LOVED it and totally took ownership of THEIR math journals.
|Ignore the date... we are still working on that... :)|
Each day all I have to do is pick the skill we need to work on and then copy one of the prompts to go with that skills. Most prompts have six prompts to a page to save paper. Each prompt is labeled with the actual standard which is a huge plus come evaluation time..:). Students glue the prompt into their notebook and we get busy. Right now I am completing the journal with them (I even have my own journal) but I am already seeing students starting to complete it by themselves with no help. This is by far one of my favorite parts of the day... the kiddos come in from lunch and know that they need to grab their math journal from their book boxes, grab a prompt and get started! It's a great way to introduce, review or reinforce the standards! I have to say that I love the "lived in" look of these journals. You can tell they are real and used and that students are involved! It's awesome to hear a students come in and when they see the prompt say "Oh, it's a story problem today!" Also, you can send the journals home ever so often to get a parent signaure so that parents/guardians can see all the awesome work that their child is doing in the classroom,
You can grab up these math journals by clicking on the picture below. There are 5 prompts per first grade common core standard. I plan to add even more of some of the standards (writing numbers, story problems, graphing etc.) that most first graders need extra work on.
If you would like a little sampler of these math journal prompts you can click on the image below!
Leave a comment with a unique way you are covering the Common Core Standards or a creative math product you have created! I will pick one winner on Wednesday to win my newest "Apple Math for Firsties" math stations unit!