I started out by showing my students the mind map pictures Mor shared on her blog (check out the link above). They were WOWED! I instructed the students to begin with the word MATH in the centre of the page, then draw long "branches" for each of our five strands: Number Sense and Numeration, Geometry, Measurement, Data Management and Probability, and Patterning and Algebra. The rest was up to them. They had to go through their journals, and "place" each entry we have done over the year on the proper branch. They were also to include images and colour to add interest to their mind maps. This activity really got them thinking about all of the fabulous learning they have done this year. Such a GREAT way to finish our journals.
Most of my students aren't quite finished yet, but this particular students was ... and it is FABULOUS ... so I wanted to share. I love when the students finish a project like this, then stand back, and look at all we've done over the year. I actually heard a few comments of amazement at all we've accomplished.
I also plan on doing a Math Journal F.A.Q blog entry next weekend.
And lastly, (very excited about this one) I've just started working on a Interactive Math Journals product that will have information, templates, assessments ideas, and more. This will be a HUGE project, so it will take me some time to complete, but I'm looking forward to spending a lot of time on it once school is out. I did get the cover finished earlier this morning ... want a sneak peek of the cover?
Just 5 more days of school ... I'm starting to believe I actually may make it ... (hope I didn't just jinx myself).