Saturday, January 26, 2013

Winter Math Journals and Common Core Morning Work

Happy Saturday! is so nice to be blogging in a quiet house, while sitting in my new chair with a fluffy dog at my feet. 

We have a new math program at my school this year. As far as the new (which is really an old program pulled off the shelf) goes, I have nothing nice to I won't say anything at all (in writing). My students do love math time though. Here are some of the things they love (which are not part of our "program", but help kids be successful in terms of the common core standards).

Math Journals

We work in our math journals a few times each week.  The children solve problems in their math journals and are encouraged to show their mathematical thinking in a variety of ways.  We do partner sharing and whole class sharing each time we work in our journals.  This is not the best picture, but as you can see the pages are "bursting" with mathematical thoughts. 

The prompts we are using at this time of the year are from my Winter Math Journal Prompts set.  You can find them at my Tpt store or in my Teachers Notebook shop.  I have a fall and spring set as well.

Monster Math (morning work/daily review)

Right now, we are using pages from my Monster Math Common Core Review pack as morning work, daily review or just warm up at the beginning of math our math time.  The skills we are focusing on come directly from the common core standards (addition, subtraction, telling time, comparing numbers and place value).  You can peek at it in my Tpt store by clicking on the image below.  It is also in my Teachers Notebook shop.  My kids love the cute little monsters on each page.  

Next on the agenda...

planning for adjectives, small moment stories and compound words at school
laundry, sledding and more relaxing at home

Enjoy your day!



  1. Kimberly,
    I really love the Winter Math Journal prompt set. I will check your TPT. My wife will be a fan of them.

    Fonts 4 Teachers
    Fonts 4 Teachers in TPT

  2. These look great! Adding to my cart right now. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  3. I love the journal prompts! Use them regularly. Now I am onto to getting that Monster Math! I am curious as to what math program you have...seems like we jump programs about every 4-5 years....

  4. Love the math journal prompts! I haven't done them yet with this group of kiddos!

    Rowdy in First Grade