Interactive Math Journals
An interactive math journal is a place where
students record their math work and thinking.
I started doing interactive math journals this year, and the kids and I love them! Below are the reasons I started and ideas I use for our math journals.
I decided to use interactive math journals to incorporate math writing, to differentiate by using open-ended activities, and for student goal setting. It is also a great portfolio-like record of student growth to share with parents.
Make the journals interactive by including sticky notes, flip books,
foldables, pockets, etc.
Ideas to include in a math journal:
- Math Vocabulary
- Record solutions to math problems, along with the strategy
- Spiral review practice
- Quick Writes/ Math Prompts – write about math
Personal thoughts: I love math because…, People who are good at math…
Assess Learning: The most important thing I learned today is…, Today I used math when…
Assess Process: Two ways to solve this problem are…, Another strategy I could have used to solve this problem is…, The most important part of solving this problem is to remember….
- Math goals – After each unit test, the teacher and student set math goals and record the goals in the math journal
- Common core standards
- Common core I can checklists
- Table of contents