Today I am getting all my journals ready for my kiddos that are coming to me in two weeks!?!?! I found this pretty impressive product for 4th grade math prompts last year and never ended up using it. Well this year I'm going to give it a shot!
It's pretty great! This product comes with 90 different math prompts that cover the different standards for the Common Core, a table of contents so you know which standard is covered in which standard, a rubric, ideas for ways to incorporate these into your class and much more! Totally worth $9.95! And no, I was in no way paid or asked to review this product, I'm just that excited about it ;o)
I printed both the rubric and the journal cover that I created on a Post-It Full Label Sheet. You can easily print this on normal paper and have your students, or yourself, tape it into the journal. The truth is, I ran out of Scotch tape and have loads of the full label sheets, lol. They are pretty cheap at our local office supplies store with my teacher discount. All I have to do is cut, peel, and stick and they are ready for my students!
I placed the rubric on the inside cover so that students can always go back and refer to everything they need to get the best possible score.
Finally, place the covers on and TA-DA! All done! Once I meet with my team and we discuss lesson plans, I will print out the prompts/labels based on which standards we are teaching.
One of the things I am most looking forward to with these journals is that not only do my students get a chance to show how THEY like to solve the problem but they also have to EXPLAIN how they solved the problem.