BIG PICTURE: Top 5 Reasons to Start Math Journals
SELECTING THE RIGHT PROMPTS
The value of math journals is highly dependent upon the kinds of prompts you select. After many failed attempts at trying to explain these types of prompts and discuss their pros and cons, I decided to put the information into a table for easier navigation. (Click on the image below to view as a PDF)
Also, I should mention that I start math journaling by reviewing things they may have learned from the year before. When I taught first grade, these prompts might include: “What do you know about they number 5?” “What do you know about patterns?” or “What do you know about shapes?” Sometimes using information they already know to introduce a new format of learning can prove VERY beneficial!