So, I thought I would try out math journals...but I didn't know what to have them put in their journals. So, I started shopping around on Teachers Pay Teachers and found some cool free stuff. I found this awesome freebie by Ashleigh there and it got me thinking about what I wanted to do. I started shopping on TpT...not for freebies, but real shopping. I ended up with these awesome word problem activities.
|These are 3 sets of word problems that I got from Ashleigh.|
I mixed them together because they are similar...they just
use different operations. I put everything in a see through
backpack that I got from Lakeshore Learning.
|This game is so cool...The kids choose a character, operation, and number.|
They then write a story problem that goes with the cards they drew.
|This is one of the stories that was written with a mummy card.|
|This is the freebie from Ashleigh. Instead of a character card, it has a setting card.|
|This is a story problem that was set in a Mermaid Lagoon.|
The kids were so excited to write in their journals and I think they did a pretty good job. Since we only have guided math stations Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, we can share our word problems on Friday. That allows me a chance to help the kids with wording or other problems that may arise.
Mary at The Guided Math Blog has more great ideas for keeping your fast finishers learning and on task. Be sure to check them out!