Interactive Math Notebook and Problem Solving Pack

UPDATED: Common Core Aligned to 1st and 2nd Grades and Kindergarten Notebook Added.
My students love their interactive math journals! They are a true asset to my classroom and really helps students understand all of the differenct concepts. I include problem solving and skills in this pack. The entire journal becomes a point of reference and a study guide for them to refer back to and use at home. This pack is so simple to use because the sheets have specific directions about how to construct the activities. You can do these whole group or in small group. I use them both ways. I usually use these as a part of my mini-lesson or introducing new concepts. Some of the subjects included are
commutative property
greater than /less than
place value
doubles plus one
additive identity property of zero
2D shapes
3D shapes
columns and rows
equal sharing
fact families
place value
ten grids
even and odd
skip counting
ten more and ten less
tens, ones, and hundreds
expanded form
and much much more.
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Definitions of vocabulary are reinforced and the students are learning in a fun and interactive way. Students can refer back to these lessons during work stations and class to remember strategies and concepts. I love having these journals available to them. They actually use them and refer to them during class and it helps them tremendously.  The problem solving part has two levels high and low. The skills part is self directed so you can make it harder or easier.
Problem solving is a hard concept for students to grasp. They call for a lot of critical thinking and problem solving skills and sometimes the students have a very hard time. I have used many graphic organizers and pictures to show and explain to my kids how to effectively solve and think out these types of problems and it is still a challenge. It is so necessary for students to build strength in problem solving and just knowing the right answer won’t cut it. They must know the steps in solving it and explain how they got that answer.  We work on problem solving almost everyday so I wanted to share a great resource that could help your kiddos.
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This problem solving pack is leveled so there are easy problems and hard ones.
There is a low copy option that just includes a journal prompt they glue on their paper and there is a graphic organizer option that they use to complete and show their work. Either way works just fine. You can also use both. (Shown below)
Picture manipulatives are included for each problem. You can introduce the concept with a low level level and then move to the higher one for more independent practice or assessment.
The cute picture manipulatives really help them to visualize how to solve the problems. The graphic organizer helps them to solve the problem using a picture, number sentence, and a written explanation or that can draw that 4 square block in their journals and solve. They need to get used to solving the problems in 4 steps. They are also required to rewrite the question because most students can’t tell you what it is they are trying to solve after hearing the problem. This is the best way to get your students thinking independently during problem solving. I have seen so much growth in my students. Our whole school is required to do these problems in every single grade and solve them using numbers sentences, drawings, and be able to explain what they did using math vocabulary.
If you purchase now you are getting a deal because I am constantly adding to the pack and updating. If you purchase and I add more you will get the updates for free.
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And next after so many requests,I finished the Language Arts Interactive Notebooks for 1st and 2nd grade! I love interactive notebooks because they keep the kids engaged and working.
My students loved them and I used them everyday. You can use them in small group or whole group. You can even put them in centers or work stations.
Most of my students were ESOL so this really helped to send home and also use as a study guide before tests. It helped parents know what we were doing in the classroom and it helped them learn how to help their kids at home. I even found my kids getting these out of their desks and referring back to them at random times through the day when working on other work. It is a great way to keep them
organized. Some of the Language Arts topics covered are
abc order
exclamation marks
question marks
beginning sounds
ending sounds\blends
proper nouns
long vowels
short vowels
context clues
guide words
table of contents
and much much more!
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I also now have the Kindergarten Interactive Notebooks  that are common core aligned to Kindergarten standards.
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The math pack includes:
number recognition
counting to 100
counting by 10s
counting up by 1s
greater than/less than
comparing objects
groups of ten
2D shapes
making shapes
ten grid
decomposing numbers
counting objects
tens and ones
making ten
number words
days of the week
months of the year
positional words
14 problem solving activities
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rhyming words
upper case letters
lower case letters
beginning sounds
ending sounds
adding/deleting sounds
long and short vowels
capitals at the beginning of a sentence
capitalizing I when it stands alone
question mark
exclamation mark
multiple meaning words
25 reading activities
to use with books
by common core standards
Be sure to check them out! If you already have the 1st/2nd grade pack all of the activities are different for the Kindergarten pack except the hungry monsters activity. It was too cute, I had to put it in both!


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    These are amazing! You are so creative!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Amy Burton

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    Thanks for the free sample! I'm following you on Facebook now, too. I appreciate the things you share! Collaboration…sort of. :o)

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    Love problem solving!

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    Shared via Facebook! Thank you so much!

  5. 5

    This is a great way to develop problem solving skills. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Heather at TeachItToday!

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    Love this!!! Shared on Facebook!!

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    This is seriously awesome! I love this pack! I'm so happy you created it…it will be so perfect for my first graders! :o)

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

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    Started using the math journal this week! The kids love it. This will prepare them for testing! Thank You

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    Christine Wallis says:

    WOW. This is such a great idea to add to calendar math! I was devoted to calendar math, so this will be a super addition. I love that it is interactive!
    Chris Walllis

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    Mrs Allen says:

    I wish you had one for 3rd grade…this looks awesome!!

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    Love this. Any plans on a 2nd grade Common Core pack?

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      The Lesson Plan Diva says:

      Yes I am working on updating this pack to align with K, and 2 standards also in one pack so if you purchase you will have all ability levels in one pack. It should be done soon.

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    Maureen Kay says:

    Kids love their Math Journals.

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    Do you ever offer these on sale? Would love to have my kids but we have hit some real hard times and can’t afford them no time soon.

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    Do you have the Math and Reading Interactive notebooks for 3rd grade?

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    I am trying to figure out if these are books I print or if you gave a ready made purchase option?
    They look amazing and I want to get them ASAP but have no access to a printer right now.

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    1st grade for first time says:

    Do you have any of these for 1st grade….. I’m DROOOOOOOLING FOR THEM! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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    OMG! I just found your website and I am FLOORED. Truly.
    I’m so impressed and at a loss for words. I think I’ve spent an HOUR just looking at
    all of your pages. Sincerely, you are phenomenal!!!

    All the best,

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    Joy Darde says:

    I love this, and wish you had them for upper elementary!

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    How do I find your sstore?

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