Saturday, July 30, 2011

Math Journals

Math journaling is a wonderful way to understand your students’ mathematical thoughts, problem-solving strategies, misconceptions, opinions, etc. An open-ended style math journal also acts as a differentiated assessment tool, as well as documentation of your students' growth! Can't get much better than that, huh?!!?

My kiddos use their math journals for 10-15 minutes at the beginning of each math period. It's a special time for us to stretch our thinking and celebrate multiple solutions & strategies to work out a problem! 

If you're interested, I posted a packet of 30 back to school math journal prompts in my lil' TpT shop. Skills covered are: number representation, comparing numbers, place value, number ordering, addition, and subtraction. Several of the prompts encourage higher level thinking. Click on the picture to check them out!

I give my students a prompt each day to glue into their math journals (spiral notebooks=super cheap right now). They do this first thing in the morning, so we are ready to go when it's math time!

I would love to hear how y'all use math journals in your classroom!! First person to comment gets my back to school prompts for FREE (make sure to give me your e-mail address)!!

Happy Math Journaling, Sweet Teachers!

Back to School TpT Sale & Promo Code!!!

Get ready for an awesome back to school sale on TpT!  Many bloggers, including myself, are offering 20% off in our stores on top of the TpT discount of 10% (use promo code B1T1S)!  The sale will run from August 1st to August 4th. Click below to check out our stores! I know I can't wait to get 30% off several awesome TpT products!!! Happy Shopping!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Back to School Bonanza Giveaway!!!

Are you ready to go Back to School?  Erica Bohrer is hosting a Back to School Bonanza Giveaway that should help you get in the mood!  Twelve fabulous bloggers have teamed up with her to give one lucky winner a huge back to school prize pack!  Scroll, down to see the twelve tantalizing prizes you could win.The contest will run until midnight eastern time, on Thursday, July 28th. You have 4 chances to enter HERE!!

All the links and prizes are listed below!  Best of luck to you.  We wish you a great start to the new school year!

Blogs (click on each button to go directly to each blog): 


Teachers pay Teachers Stores:
6. One Extra Degree's Store
11.Ms. M's A Teacher's Plan  (this store is not on TpT)

Follow on Facebook:

Here is what you could win!


5. Amanda of One Extra Degree's Sub Tub

6. Miss Kindergarten's Calendar Pack

7. A Teacher's Plan Pre-Made Lesson Template from Ms. M.

8.  Yvonne of Sassy in Second's Football Number Bonds Tiered Math Tub

9. Melissa Freshwater's Monster Mash Math and Literacy Fun

11. Cheryl of Primary Graffiti's Celebrating Yummy Birthdays

12. Michelle of Fabulous in First's Back to School Beginning Sound Sort and Back to School Word Work

Good Luck Everyone!!!