Sunday, September 4, 2011

Math/Science Notebooking: Part 3

Part 3 of this series is about interactive activities. I always try to add activities to my math journals that students can interact with, such as trading cards, flash cards, or a simple game. I've shown these pictures before, but here are some examples:

There are some fraction/decimal flash cards in the model card pocket. The cards have a picture of tenths or hundredths and the number for it in fraction and decimal form (written by the student).

Though I glued mine down, these trading cards can easily be placed into a pocket for practice later.

A few months ago, a friend and I created expanded form cards as part of a place value unit we were working on. I used them this past week in my classroom and my students loved them, to say the least! They were so totally fascinated when they realized that the cards stacked. They are pictured below. You can pick up your copy from my Teacher's Notebook store!!

And, as always, the first 3 people to comment will receive a free copy of these cards. :D


  1. BEST resource I've used this year!! Thanks! :)

  2. I'd love a copy of the cards. I am using your place value kit and the kids find it much better than simply writing things in the notebook! Parents are liking it too.


  3. I'd like a copy of the cards!


  4. Am I one of the first three? I'd love to have this!

  5. Ah! Number 4 (I'm the nospamplease guy)! If the first commenter didn't leave their e-mail, does that count? :)

    Even if it does, I just want to say again how much I love your notebooking idea. Very creative and certainly beneficial for the kids, I'm sure.

  6. sorry about not leaving an's this was my 1st comment, my bad.

  7. Bummed I was not in the top 3 :( Just walked in from church, and was blog hopping until lunch was ready. Great ideas as always! We are working on Place Value at the moment as well.

  8. I was noticing in the 1st picture that you have a "Three things to remember" on the right side of the page. #1 is SOOO TRUE. "Do not pick the fraction based on the value of the denominator" (I'm assuming). Most of my students will understand that concept after some exploration.. but I still have the select few that are stubborn and ALWAYS big the bigger denominator as the bigger fraction.. it kills me. Any suggestions?

    PS I am glad to know my students aren't the only ones that need to be reminded of this :)

    Teaching 4th

  9. Darn! I am not the first 3, again! I love this idea. I am doing place value with my 3rd grades. I am starting Math Journals on Tuesday. We had such a crazy start to the year that I just haven't gotten to it yet.

  10. I love your place value notebook sets. I purchased the first one last night. If you feel generous and still emailing copies..... I would LOVE this set, too.

  11. You have really inspired me to do Math notebooks and I love your ideas! You rock!

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  15. Ugg! I just realized I gave my old email address (comment 2). I'd still love a copy of this if you'd like to email it again. Sorry!

    I apparently can't type tonight either, deleted the above post due to a typo.

  16. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to be teaching all subjects again so I can incorporate the notebooks.

  17. Thank you so much for creating and sharing this!! I love this! My 4th grade team is implementing this and we are having so much fun planning and working on this for the kids. In our discussions, we had one question about the place value. Why do you say "period" after saying, for example, "three thousand?" I have some very literal kids who already put a period between the numbers when doing expanded notation (where they got that I have not a clue) and we haven't introduced this. We were just wondering how you teach this.