Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Mathness!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: the amazing gallon land sheet shown in this post, that many of you have asked about, is not originally mine. I apologize if I made it seem like it was. This printable was found on pinterest, original creator-lessonplandiva. Check her out for more amazing ideas. Like I mentioned in my other post, I find my printables online and from our curriculum CSCOPE, which unfortunately I cannot share. 
Our Math "toolbox"
The composition book, who knew such a common school supply item could be so useful? Our class has what we call our "Math Toolbox", it holds our notes, key words, diagrams, definitions and any math related "tool" that could help us learn our 3rd grade material.





Rounding with color coding :) 
This gives us a place for all those math reminders that come with our curriculum but most importantly student created definitions, diagrams and hands on activities that will allow them a connection with the material. Below are a couple of pages from our toolbox. Check it out!
Visual of Base Ten Blocks- Vocabulary to go along with Place Value (Simplified definitions created by students)
















 
More rounding reminders-Making "friendly numbers"



Patterns (Each student drew their own at the bottom)-2D Figures Definitions
3D Key words and visuals of each
Our Favorite Colors in a variety of forms (Data collection)
Our "Land of Gallon" story for capacity Unit 


Visual reminder for capacity


Updates I plan on doing for next school year:
  • Table of Contents with page numbers for easy reference
  • HELP ME COME UP WITH MORE UPDATES PLEASE! :) 
  • What do you think? Suggestions? Comments?

69 comments:

  1. Jennifer I would LOVE to get a copy of the printables within your math book.. Is there a way that you could send them to me? My email address is mbeasley062003@yahoo.com.

    Thanks so much,

    Misty

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! Most of these printables came with our curriculum (CSCOPE), there is a couple I found though pinterest. I will email you the Land of Gallon one right now since it's one I know I have saved. Once I come upon others I will shoot them your way :)

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    2. Oh, me tooo! I would love to use this in my class this year! :) My email addy is bourgault2011@gmail.com.

      Thanks!
      Lisa

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    3. I would love a copy of the Land of Gallon? I would love to see what you're doing in third! Thank you!

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    4. Could I get the rounding with color coding?

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  2. Love this! I also use a math notebook...and with the new Common Core I am going to be adding a lot more to mine! You have some wonderful things in here that I did not think about! Thanks so much!
    Ashlie

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    1. You are very welcome! Maybe you have some I haven't thought of, please share :)

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  3. LOVE how neat your math notebooks look! Something I found and plan on trying this year involves the yardsale stickers. Students put the colored sticker in the top corner of the page and each "unit" or "topic" has a different color. For example, fractions are yellow stickers (with the number inside) multiplication are orange stickers and so forth. This way the students have a color coded table of contents and it is easy for you quickly find an assignment. Hope this helps. :)

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  4. Love the notebooks. I am your newest follower. I would love to have you stop by my blog when you get a chance.

    april
    Wolfelicious

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  5. Hi Jennifer! I love your notebooks. I am working on one this summer to introduce this coming school year! Could I also get a copy of anything you have to offer? My email is theneills350@yahoo.com. Also, you asked for suggestions. I found A TON of printables and ideas from Janaye. Her blog is Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes. She shows how to set up a notebook and also offers a bunch of printables! Take a look...she is great! :)

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  6. Hi there, just found you and am your newest follower. Love your math journals and your blog. :o)
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  7. I saw this Gallon to cups thing on Pinterest. I've never seen or been taught anything like it. I just thought it was a visual aid at first. When I clicked the link, I saw the story page! I actually expect it to help ME!

    Makes me wonder if this idea of a "story mnemonic" (what would we call this type of mnemonic?) with a visual aid could be really helpful to my freshmen (visual-narrative mnemonic?). Since there are two aspects, you could fill in a memory gap of one with the other! It's like each aspect reinforces the other. I'll have to start thinking of some biology ones...

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  8. I teach middle school. I absolutely love your math journal!!! I do the same things. The table of contents is a wonderful addition. It makes reviewing for tests or completing gallery walks very easy. I would also suggest the students create a formula page, an index, and a word wall page. The index is when mini lessons are completed before a new skill so the table of contents might say adding fractions but the index will also reference that page for equivalent fractions. The word wall is for any new vocabulary and its page number.

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  9. You may want to consider adding a dedication page and or an appendix page.

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  10. Great math notebook. I'm very new to this and have seen some examples of a math journal on pinterest. Do you have a list of topics that you have in your notebook? I teach is a tiny private school and basically have a book but nothing else as resources. Any suggestions for some good printables for the notebook? Thanks - Barbara

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  11. Love your math notebook ideas! If you have links to any of the printables could you post them!

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  12. Hi, Jenn,
    I teach 5th grade math and would LOVE to have a copy of the place-value chart with base-ten blocks. I can't access many materials from CSCOPE. Could you possibly email me a copy? I would so appreciate it!
    pmcfadyen@embarqmail.com
    Thanks for your consideration!

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  13. To take the story one step further Fluid ounces..each cat had 8 fleas. My fifth graders brainstormed it. I was telling them why I didn't like the story, no fluid ounces, and someone piped up the cats could have fleas. Works,
    Veronica

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  14. I love your blog and your ideas!! Would you mind to email the printables within your math book? I would love to use them.
    Thank you,
    Amy
    amy.hagy@scott.k12.va.us
    beccaray13@va.net

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  15. As a title One math teacher I love this!

    How do you add to it, do you just make it all at once or do you create as the year progresses?

    Also, another thing to add: Place Value, seems like my students always have a hard time with what place is what

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    1. I most definitely do NOT do it all at once, doing it along with the students gives them ownership over it. We use it and add to it as the year progresses. Place value is always a tricky one huh?

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  16. Hi, I'm your newest follower. After teaching kinder and first grade for the last few years, I finally become certified to teach bilingual. This will be my first year teaching third grade and I'm excited and nervous at the same time! I'm looking forward to reading what you have to offer.

    Judy
    Teaching Little Apples

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  17. I think I've been inspired by your photos to start using "math toolboxes" this year! I'm just afraid I'll not have enough printables to use. Guess I'll just create them as I need them. Is that what you did or did you find a "source"??

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    1. That's awesome! Made me feel kinda special there ;) lol. My MAIN source is our curriculum CSCOPE, it includes a lot of hands on activities. My second main source is pinterest. If you don't have an account...get one!! There is a ton of ideas on there that teachers share, I got the "gallon land" printable from there.

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  18. Congratulations on your little girl! I came across your math toolbox/journal on pinterest and absolutely love it. I, too, am hoping to get the printables that you use. I really like how you have the kiddos write their own definition too!

    If you have any printables, please send them to me at cmilasze@lcscmail.com Thanks so much.

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  19. I absolutely love interactive notes and toolboxes!

    Come over to my blog and check out the award that I nominated you for. :)

    Ms. W
    Hootin’ Around the Classroom

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  20. Love them too! As you can see ;)
    WOW thank you for the award nomination! I really appreciate the shout out, we teachers must stick together huh? I am now your newest follower.

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  21. I would love to have a copy of any printables, please send them to me at ghanna35@hotmail.com Thank you my students will love them. Sue

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  22. These are GREAT!!! I taught 3rd grade my first year of teaching. I teach 7th and 8th grade English now, but I know some of our students still struggle with a few of these concepts. I am going to send our math teacher here while keeping your info handy to help those who need it during study hall.

    Nancy Clark

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  23. Love this idea! Last year we used Math Journals for the first time and I was blown away by the kid's responses to our weekly Math Journal tasks but now I think I want to add your ideas into the mix as well...think this may have to be a separate notebook though as our problem solving notebook (Math Journal) was full by the end of the year.

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  24. Your math journal is awesome! I am teaching 5th grade math this year (after not teaching it for a few) and I will definitely be using these ideas! Would you be so kind to send me the printable for the 'Land of Gallon' (and anything else for that matter, your stuff is great! Thanks so much!

    Katey
    kljayne@gmail.com

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  25. Would you please email me the printables you have? I am really interested in the Land of the Gallon one. I just had a blast browsing throughout your website. You are an awesome teacher! Thanks so much! Victoria
    victoriasnow@charter.net

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  26. I am in LOVE with that place value worksheet reference page! Where can I find it??

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  27. I have used math notebooks all 5 years I have been teaching, and I am ready as a visual learner to incorporate foldables this year in our math journals. Here are some things we have been using in our journals

    1. table of contents page
    2. math notebook RULES page
    3. vocabulary page
    4. Unit TEKS
    5. Reflection over unit page (kids can draw and label pictures, write notes, solve sample problems, etc.) *must include real world application

    We are moving to CSCOPE this year, so I am glad to see some printables will be available :)

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  28. Those are some wonderful ideas! I know a few were asking about the Land of Gallon super cute printable and in case anyone else wanted it, you can find it HERE at TpT from The Lesson Plan Diva. Thanks for sharing such great ideas!

    Charity
    The Organized Classroom Blog

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  29. Would love a copy of your notebook printables. My email is jonesje@apsb.org if you don't mind sharing. I would love to use your rounding one next week. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  30. i would love a copy of you notebook printables! My email is beachvolley26@aol.com... thanks for sharing :]

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  31. I love the symbols and the Math Notebooks you have encouraged me to do more with my students notebooks. I'm going to make the operation symbols tomorrow and do an activity with my students Monday. I'm your newest follower.

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  32. My email is tarakirby@triadbiz.rr.com . I have two children, and I also teach Elementary Spanish.
    Thanks.

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  33. I would love if any of you could email me any ideas you have for math journals. I am just getting them going and am open to any ideas. My email is jlasboutique@gmail.com. Thank you so much!!!

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  34. I would love any ideas that you would share with me please. If you would email me at jlasboutique@gmail.com. Thanks so much!!

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  35. I love the visual representation of capacity so much that I just shared it on my blog at Teacher Support Force. I also plan on using it with my kiddos.

    Thanks so much for sharing it!!

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  36. Hi Jenni,

    This is a great notebook... In my college courses I use a hardbound notebooks (ARTIST PORTFOLIOS WHITE SHEETS) in which the
    first two pages are "table of contents and Homework Assignment sheet"
    I also added a 1-1/2" column to recall reference to a previous mathematic tool use before... kinda like building on a formula...

    Great Job!!!

    Best Wishes
    Mari

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  37. I'm 16 and your website helped me finally remember how a gallon works. Thank you.

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    1. This has been by far the best thing to hear! It feels amazing to know I could help :)

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  38. i love your math journals. i pride myself on my student's math journals too, but your's are awesome!!! this is an older post....so if you're still looking for suggestions please let me know.

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    1. @Crafteechic - Good grief. I'm glad you don't teach my children. In what universe is "your's" a word?

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  39. i absolutely LOVE this!!! cant wait to try my own next year with my kids!
    -kellie

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  40. I just found this on Pinterest! I'm not a teacher but a parent who looks for different and fun ways to learn! I love the examples of the Math toolbox! I have a third grader who needs fun ways to learn math concepts. I would love a copy of your ideas from the math toolbox :) email is marireyes77@hotmail.com

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  41. I found your post on pinterest! I'm not a teacher but a parent to a third grader who learns math in fun ways! I would to have a copy of your math toolbox to help my third grader learn math concepts in fun ways! My email is alyreyes13@hotmail.com

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  42. I'm a mom of two girls, 19 and 17 years old. I just wanted to thank you ladies for all you do. My girls have had some wonderful teacher though the years and it is such a blessing. We have also had some teachers that were no longer happy teaching, I'm not sure what was wrong, surely they weren't there for the money. My personal opinion is your salaries should be doubled at least. And Yes, I would pay an increase in taxes for teachers salaries it is the most important job there is, you are educating our children, which is our future. And I know when a child is blessed with a teacher that is creative and caring, One who shares her ideas with other teachers because it works well for her students and she want all children to succeed no matter whose class room or school they are in, you have found your calling you are a teacher among teachers and you are a true blessing to all you help. You will leave a positive mark on the world because you cared. Thank you

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    1. Thank YOU Merry! You really made my day with your kind words. It feels great to not only be appreciated but complimented in such a sweet way too. I appreciate YOU taking the time to let us know there are parents out there like yourself who still believe in what we do and appreciate us. Parents like you make our "job" so much more pleasant. May God bless you ma'am!

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  43. I would love a copy of the printables. Jaurbanski@ ymail.com
    Im starting a journal this year and almost dont know where to start.
    Ty
    Joyce

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  44. I love your ideas and blog. I was a social studies teacher and was laid off and then went back to finish my Special Ed Cert. I will be an 8th grade inclusion teacher with a math and english skills class this fall. Do you know where I can find printable for this grade and subjects. I will be teaching in New York State. Thank you again. lekeppler479@gmail.com

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  45. I would also like copies my email is amberelemedu@gmail.com thanks so much

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  46. Can i get a copy of the printables :)
    maurokristy@hotmail.com

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  47. I just came across this on Pinterest. I could really use a copy, my child is struggling with rounding at the moment. I tried number lines, writing the tens with her, everything. Would you email me a copy of the printable also. Please!! Dms8696@gmail.com

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  48. Hi Jenn!

    I am a parent of a 3rd grader boy & I would love a copy of your ideas.
    I started working on one math journal but since I am not a teacher, it is not easy for me.
    my e-mail is: guillerminac@hotmail.com
    muchas gracias por todo

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  49. Great one! Found this one from Pinterest. Love the way you have depicted it. So simple yet interesting and easy to remember... I hope you could do some more help with chemicals :)

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  50. I would love any printables you have to share; dblbarheart99@yahoo.com

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  51. I would love a copy of any of your ideas . It would allow for so many fewer tears and maybe smiles at night:))))...Found on Pinterest . Just trying to get a head start on school. kpdolle@hotmail.com

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  52. Hi Jennifer, I love your interactive math composition book! If possible, would you please email me the printables.
    Thanks,
    Grissel
    grisselb@aol.com

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  53. Hi Jennifer, I am also a third grade teacher. I love your interactive math book! If you don't mind, would you please email me the printables. My email is grisselb@aol.com.
    Thanks,
    Grissel

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  54. Can I have a copy of the printables? Thanks!

    didianon@sasd.k12.pa.us

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  55. I LOVE the 3D key words and visuals page! I have been scouring the internet, pinterest, Teacher pay Teacher for something just like this! Is there any way that you could email/post this printable? My email is chelle1263@yahoo.com. I would appreciate it!

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  56. I would love a copy of these printables. My email is iupchic_6@hotmail.com.

    Thanks!

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  57. Hello.....I see so many people asking for a copy of the printables! I, too, would love a copy. Hope not too much of a pain!
    My email is
    lhall@apps.fluco.org

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  58. Hi!! I got moved to 3rd grade this year and would love your printables to use with my interactive notebooks this year!

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  59. Impressed by you!! You have shown visually what so many students have so much trouble seeing. PLEASE may I trouble you for all of your printable to use this year with my students. If I can repay you in any way please advise. sjoffey@aol.com I am so thankful I came upon your site.

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