Sunday, March 2, 2014

Math Journals and a chance to WIN

This school year I have really tried to focus on strengthening my math block.  I try to include four main components in each daily math lesson.
Whole Group-  I begin each lesson with whole group instruction.  Usually this consists of some type of spiral review of previous learned material.   I use my Daily Math Journals for this time.  (see below for more information)  This usually takes about 10 minutes of our daily math block time.

Hands-on-  Next, I move into math stations.  The stations are also previous material that students should already be familiar with.  As students are working in small groups (2-3 students), I am meeting with students at my table.  I usually use this time to assess students on counting, number identification, missing number, greater number or any other assessment that I feel is necessary.  Students stay at their station for about 15 minutes.

At Your Seat-  Then, students return to the rug so that I can teach the "skill" or "lesson" for the day.  This is usually new material according to the standards on our curriculum map.  Students return to their seat to complete "seat work".  I typically do not like seat work; however, in math it is necessary for student mastery.  This usually takes about 10-15 minutes depending on the skill.

Meeting- Finally, I have found without this piece students often have no idea what happened in math.  :)  Students meet on the rug for a quick math meeting.  I ask students what they learned in their stations.  I encourage the children to use "I can" statements when they are sharing.  Students pair up with a buddy to share important vocabulary that they heard.  We create a list on chart paper and draw illustrations with each word.  This usually takes about 5-10 minutes.

*Math Journals*

I mentioned above that I use Daily Math Journals to teach spiral review.  I finally decided to create my own to match Common Core standards.  I wanted it to be a quick review with skills that students were familiar with.
I have been using these journals since August with my kindergarten students.  Each page includes the Common Core standard in the top right-hand corner, two pages on a sheet for easy stapling, the page number and easy to read directions.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/May-Daily-Math-Journal-Common-Core-Aligned-1140937
Each month is "themed".  For example, May Daily Math Journal is ocean-themed.  See below for an example.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/May-Daily-Math-Journal-Common-Core-Aligned-1140937

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/May-Daily-Math-Journal-Common-Core-Aligned-1140937

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/May-Daily-Math-Journal-Common-Core-Aligned-1140937

If you are interested in my May Daily Math Journal, click here.  It is now posted on TpT.

If you are interested in the entire BUNDLE...  just leave a comment below.  I will randomly choose one winner by the end of the week.  Tell me what you feel is the most important component on your math block.  What do you use to teach spiral review in your classroom?  This is a $20 value.  Be sure to include your email address so that I can email you the bundle.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Daily-Math-Journals-Bundled-Common-Core-Aligned-1011213


Endless Possibilities,
Stephanie

22 comments:

  1. I love your math journals. I have a few and they are so great. I think my math stations are my most important component of my math block. It allows for the students to be hands-on. They love station time! It gives me time to work with students individually and in small groups and also allows me to differentiate my instruction. I would love to win the bundle!! rebekahciolli@gmail.com

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  2. These look amazing. My first grade team and I have just started teaching Guided Math this year. It has been a little tricky to navigate covering the district math curriculum/text book within the guided math format but all of us agree we could never go back! Those small groups are the most important component in our math block - we have no more tears from frustrated students who don't understand or can't keep up within whole group lessons, we don't have behavior problems or listless students who are bored out of their skulls because they aren't being challenged and the pace is all wrong for them, we no longer have students we feel we are somehow "missing" or overlooking. All of my students say they love math this year and I feel like a superstar teacher. Now, I'm trying to make sure that the activities my students are working on when they are not working with me is just as meaningful. Love the look of this bundle!! laura.scheunemann@wrps.net

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  3. Me me me! Pick me! ;P That looks fabulous.

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  4. I have tried math journals several ways and these look wonderful! I always seem to start off good and the beginning of the year but after the 2nd month, I really get off the math journal wagon.....I would LOVE to win these and give math journals another running chance! rwrench64@yahoo.com

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  5. Oh my, I would LOVE these for my students!
    They look AWESOME!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    Jen
    debrosse.jennifer@gmail.com

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  6. I have tried math journals so many times, but I never like the way it ends up. I usually end up making my own spiral review, but your journals like amazing!! My school makes us do everything whole group so I'm not able to do a math block like yours. But I definitely feel that small group math is invaluable!!
    Liz
    teachinginthevalley@gmail.com

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  7. This looks amazing!!! I think the most important part of my math block is my small groups. It's a great time to work with a small group of students on specific skills that each group needs.
    Julie

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  8. These are exactly what I need. This would make life easier! Thank you for sharing your work. I love math journals. smithrc563@aol.com

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  9. I would absolutely love to have these! They are just what I need for my class to help me and to help them! I love it, love it, love it. Wish I had seen it during the big sale. You did a great job and I would definitely get use out of it for many years to come. Thanks for the chance. teachweaver@sbcglobal.net

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  10. We have just implemented math journals this year... this looks wonderful! Love your ideas!
    annekostensky@yahoo.com

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  11. This looks amazing! Our curriculum is all whole group instruction and I can't stand it! We're trying to implement math stations this year and this would be great! Thanks for the giveaway!
    kristinbrehm@gmail.com

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  12. These look great! Every day in my classroom my students participate in number talks and they 'rename the number' by decomposing the number into part part whole. This has helped their number sense a ton, and students are able to learn from each other! soconnor1@cps.edu

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  13. We are floundering with Math this year...no new series in over 10 years so obviously its not CCCS aligned! I LOVED seeing how you used the 4 components to strengthen your math block...definitely gives me something to mull over! Your bundle looks awesome...thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kcahcrim@comcast.net

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  14. This looks so cool! It would be really great to use in my first classroom (I'll be graduating this year and this would be a great start to figuring out my future classroom activities)!

    mjw32@students.calvin.edu

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  15. These look awesome and I know my kids would love them! I feel the most important part of math block is when students have hands-on practice with what we have just learned. If we do not let them try it out and watch, we might not catch where they are having problems if they are having difficulty. Thanks for offering this resource to someone to win! Fingers crossed!
    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  16. THis is awesome. bharmor@hotmail.com

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  17. I adore your math journals! We started using them last month and it made a tremendous difference in my students' focus on math. After announcements, we start our day with calendar... we sing a few songs (phonics, monthly song, count to 100) and a 3D shapes poem. We cover the weather and the calendar with some number sense mixed in. Finally we use one page per day of your math journals and my students always beg to complete more!

    That part of our day runs so smoothly and they transition quickly and quietly. I think doing stations before our math lesson may be beneficial, so thanks for sharing your schedule with us!

    heatherschmidt411@gmail.com

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  18. Would love to have these!

    Linda
    Down the Learning Road

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  19. Oops forgot email twinx1000wt@yahoo.com

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