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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tried It Tuesday {Math Notebooks}

Happy Tuesday and Happy New Year!

It's Time for Tried It Tuesday! 
What have you tried at school or home?
If you've never linked up with Tried It Tuesday, just link up any idea school or home related and what worked or didn't work. Simple! 
My Tried It:
Math Notebooks
I posted here about how I use interactive notebooks in ELA when I taught that last year. I wanted to share a little more about how I am using math notebooks this year. We are departmentalized (read about the change in 2013 here) and I am teaching three 80 minute blocks of math this year (LOVE!).

I am hands down a composition notebook fan. No spirals and no binders please. Composition notebooks hold up and they are organized. There are no papers falling out and it's what has worked best for me. The back of the notebooks are for our math meeting everyday. We started on the last page and are working our way backwards through the notebook. Here is a picture of day one of our math meeting in September.
 I am so glad that I chose to make math meeting a part of our schedule each day. I can't say enough about it. I posted here and here more about how I am using math meeting in my math block this year.

The front of our notebooks are dedicated to class notes and interactive elements. This is a recent lesson we completed using the acronym "Does McDonalds Serve Burgers" to help students remember the steps to division. This interactive page template is from Runde's Room Interactive Math Journal.

This was an interactive element for place value also from Runde's Room notebook.
We saved the first couple pages in the very front of the notebook for the table of contents. 
I use the Reteaching pages from our Go Math series for notes pages often. It takes so long for students to actually copy notes, so I would rather spend more time on practicing the skill and give them the notes to just glue down to use for review later. Some student can't read their own writing in notes too! 
The PEMDAS page for order of operations above is something I typed up. 
The reteaching page is on the left.

This is the first year I have used math notebooks in this manner or tried interactive pieces in a journal for math. I know I will be tweaking things every year but I am pleased with how I have used them so far! I would love to hear your thoughts on notebooks too!

Tried It Tuesday will be new once a month, opening on the second Tuesday of each month (like TWOSDAY).
Feel free to link up as many times as you would like during the month! 
My blog is getting a facelift. I'm SUPER excited...check back soon to see some changes! :)


    Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I love stopping by to see al the "tried its"! And I am sure I'm a bit late but I love your new blog design! It's neat and so cute!! I really like the font!