Saturday, May 25, 2013

Math Notebooking


I let the students make a cover page to personalize their notebook.


They then use the next four pages for the table of contents where they write the date, topic and what page that topic can be found on.  After those four pages, the students start numbering their pages.


In the past, I used the notebook purely as a place to do classwork and homework problems and to take a few notes. This year I've tried to make it a little more interactive. The following are some foldables I found on-line.

This coordinate graph foldable by Kate can be found on her blog, To the Square Inch.





This order of operations foldable by Sarah Hagan can be found on her blog, Math = Love.



This integer foldable is another by Sarah Hagan and can be found here.



We write all our vocabulary in the notebook with the notes that we take.


The last five pages are used as an index for vocabulary words.  The pages are folded into fourths and each column is assigned a letter.  The students list the vocabulary word and the page that it can be found on.


I hope this motivates some of you to start using a notebook for math.  If you already notebook, tell us some ideas that work for you.  If you have an awesome foldable you'd like to tell us about, leave a link in the comments so we can check it out.

***ETA: I now have many INBs in my TpT store that you can check out HERE.***

18 comments:

  1. Nice:). I am playing around with the idea of using the composition books rather than the spiral notebooks for the Math Notebook.. The spirals took a beating. We had to redo them half way through the year - which actually made for a good review. How do the composition books hold up?

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    1. They hold up really well! My students take them home every night and even with all that handleing they do really well. I would recommend the composition notebooks that have the hard tag board covers as they seem to hold up better.

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  2. I love Math Journaling. I used composition notebooks, they held up, but what I didn't like is the pages are smaller than I want. Plus, when we made pockets, everything feel out. I am going to try binders next year. Keeping my fingers crossed for this.

    Elizabeth
    Hodges Herald

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    1. Could you turn the pockets so that the top of them are facing inward toward the binding? Maybe that would help with keeping everything inside the notebook. I didn't make pockets for anything and anything we added was taped in.

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  3. This is a great post! I'm looking to revamp my math notebooks for next year and this gave me tons of ideas! Thanks.

    Kristin
    iTeach 1:1

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    1. I hope to keep posting ideas for notebooks next year (hoping to be a bit more organized with them), so I hope you will come back!

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  4. I love the idea of a math journal. Thanks for the great ideas! I am definitely going to try this with my class next year!
    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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    1. Come back and let us know how it goes!

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  5. This is amazing! I've been looking for how to implement math notebooking and I do believe I'll be trying this out next year!

    Teaching Isn't Scripted

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    1. Make sure you come back and share what you did!

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  7. I have tried the binders. Disaster! There were papers everywhere. Especially for those students that that just shove things into the book bag. I will go back to the compositions book next year.

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    1. The main reason I use the composition notebooks is that it is a lot harder to lose the papers from it!

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  8. I love this idea! I am going to have these journals travel to and from school in trappers. This may help with homework! Thank you for the excellent idea!

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  9. Just found your blog from Scholastic Teachers 10 am Question! LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I am also teaching my first year of 6th grade middle school math! Great Ideas! THanks for sharing!

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    Jameson
    Lessons With Coffee

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  10. Composition books are great-- easier for lefties who don't have to worry about spiral impressions on their arms, and no one plays with the spiral wire, turning it into a hazard. We put in lots of foldables. I agree about page size, but we just trim each page we are gluing in with glue sticks.

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  11. Sometimes the binding doesn't hold up well . A quick remedy to use....a rubber band around the spine and center of the book works wonders!

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