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* *Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding
Math Journals - Section 1: Math Journals in the Classroom

The math journals I use in my classroom contain prompts to promote problem solving and class discussion. When we work in our math journals, students are covering a multitude of Common Core standards and mathematical practices, which is why I love using them. During journal time, students are given the opportunity to record their mathematical thinking in various ways.

*The Importance of Math Journals*

*Developing a Conceptual Understanding: The Importance of Math Journals*

# Math Journals

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## Objective: Students will attend to higher level problem solving with the use of a math journal.

I have looked through numerous math journals that I could incorporate into my Kindergarten classroom. I finally came across some awesome monthly math journals from Ketchen's Kindergarten.

These journals include everything I have been looking for, and build on previous concepts each month. The best part is they are free! I have included a reflection on why I think math journals are important.

The math journals contain anywhere from 20-25 pages per each month. In my classroom, I have devoted a 15-20 minute period each Friday to cover 5 pages or so. The students take out their math journals, I display mine on the whiteboard, and we work together to solve the questions on each page. During this process, we are engaged in mathematical conversations; in which students are constructing viable arguments for their responses (MP3).

The last Friday of each month, we finish up our math journals and students take them home.

I have included a student video highlighting some of the pages in our November math journal.

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