On to my math journals ...
This first entry was actually done at the end of last week (but I forgot to take pictures last week). I did the same 10-flap interactive tool last year, but it's such a good fit for this activity, I decided not to change it. This one is for reviewing place value columns - we were nearing the end of the unit, and I wanted to get a little assessment in. We fold the paper in half, then cut 10 flaps on one half of the folded paper. As a class, we came up with the numbers for the front of the flaps, and then we chose what digit to highlight. Under the flaps, the students wrote the place value columns for each highlighted digit. As they did this part independently, we took it up for a quick assessment. The students also completed their left-side of the page thinking. The students are now working almost independently on their left-side of the page thinking. I do have to help some of my grade 5 students with ideas for proof and reflection, but all my grade 6 students and most of the grade 5 students are coming up with their own ideas.
LOVE her reflection at the bottom of the page!
On Monday we completed our "Summary of Learning" for the unit. We had our unit test on Wednesday, so this was a great review for them. Because of the reflective nature of this journal entry, the students didn't have to complete left-side of the page thinking for this entry. (This also leaves a blank page for me to complete and glue in their checklist assessment. These completed assessments will be sent home for the parents to look over and sign).
I wanted them to reflect on our three major learning goals (expectations) for the unit, so we cut four pieces of paper - each about 1" longer than the previous one, and stapled them at the top to make a flip book. On the bottom of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th pages, I had the students write the learning goal (making sure the three goals were visible when the book was closed). Above each goal, students had to PROVE they had mastered the learning goal (either through a proof problem or reflection of some sort).
Well, that's about it ... you can find all of these ideas (and about 38 more) in my Interactive Journal Resource. Just click on the image to the right to preview the resource.