I couldn't wait until September to start using the ideas in her fabulous resource, so we started using her strategies this week. On Monday we were learning about Order of Operations. I took them outside for a fun order of operations hopscotch, then we used the sidewalk chalk to fill the basketball court with problems and solutions. You can read my post about it here. So of course, we needed a foldable to go along with our new knowledge. I needed it to be quick and easy because I wanted to spend time discussing our new "left side" thinking. So, quick and easy it was. We used sticky notes and arranged them in a hopscotch pattern (to tie in our outside activity). Underneath each sticky note was the word for each step (under the "B" was brackets). I added a little extra information (including our learning goal) for them to copy, and that was that.
This is the left side of the journals. Students rewrite the learning goal from the right side of the page (in student-friendly language). Then they write "What I Know". We do this before we do the lesson (it's highlighted in green to show that now we can "go" on with the rest of the lesson). After the lesson they write "What I Learned", "Proof" (where I want them to write a problem and solve it), and then a "Reflection" - this one is completely up to them - they can reflect on and show their learning in ANY way they want. This particular student wrote a mnemonic device for memorizing the steps to order of operations.
The students also completed a "left side" for this activity, too. For the reflection, a lot of my students completed a picture of some sort of picture with the different angles labelled. But one of my favourite reflections was this girl who wrote a little song to remember the different angles.
I'm so excited about the evolution of my math journals!!! My mind is already swimming with ideas for next year. Thank-you SO much, Mor!