Math Journal Sundays

27 November 2011
It's been a while since my last math journal post.  With my weekends full of dance lessons and soccer games, routine seems to have escaped me again.  But, right now I'm relaxing with a coffee, looking forward to the two hours I have before I take my girls to see a stage show of Annie today!!!  (I may be more excited than them).

photo of place value math journal entry @ Runde's Room

So here goes - I have two foldables for you today.  This first one is a place value foldable from the end of our last unit.  I modelled how to make it under the ELMO.  I then wrote all the different numbers on the front for the students to copy.  They had to write the correct place value columns on the inside of the foldable.  This could also be a fun partner activity, where the students take turns coming up with numbers to write on the front.  We took it up the next day so I could check for comprehension before our test.  This one is from one of my grade 5 students, and I can see she is having trouble with the tenths and hundredths columns.

photo of place value math journal entry @ Runde's Room

photo of mean mode median range math journal entry @ Runde's Room
My second foldable for today is from our new unit in Data Management.  I introduced the unit by giving the students a set of data (the percent results from our math last test).  I then posed an open-ended question, "How could you display this data?".  I paired the students up, gave them a sheet of large chart paper, and sat (HA!  Do we ever get to sit?) back to observe.  Every single group made a graph - with about 3/4 of the class making bar graphs (I also noticed I'm going to have to spend a lot of time on intervals - not one group of students organized the data into intervals).  The next day we had our math congress - where the students display their work and explain why the did what they did.  I also have other students explain the thinking they see on the charts.  When all groups finished, I asked them if there were other ways to display the data.  Again, they gave me a variety of answers all about different kinds of graphs.  So then I asked them, "What if I wanted to see what the average was?"  I did have a few students remember about mean, mode, and median, so this was a great lead-in to our foldable for the day.  We made a four fold foldable and wrote mean, median, mode, and range on the outside flaps.  We wrote the definitions on the back side of each flap, and then solved the problem on the inside.  We used the same test data as the day before.  As I had introduced mean, mode, and median earlier in the year (when we had our Oreo day) they were pretty good at it.  I usually try to do a mean, mode, and median activity every time I hand back a test.  I find it's a great way for students to see how their mark compares to the rest of the class (and hopefully may inspire a little goal-setting), and it's great practice for our province testing (which ALWAYS contains a question related to it).

photo of mean mode median range math journal entry @ Runde's Room

photo of mean mode median range math assignment @ Runde's Room
I've uploaded an example of one of my Mean, Mode, and Median assignments to google docs if you would like to take a look.  I left it in Word format so you could alter it to fit the data from your class.  Click on the picture to the right to download a copy.  If you're interested, this is included in my Mean, Mode, and Median activities at my TpT store.  In this activity I have a Mean, Mode, Median, and Range poster, as well as examples of 8 different assignments like the one shown.

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Happy Sunday!!!  I'm off to get ready for Annie, and you'll have to excuse me if you hear me singing in the shower.  It's been a "Hard Knock Life" lately, but I'm sure "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow".  :)


  1. Your foldables are very clever. I need to think about how I can use them with my ones. Have fun at Annie!

    Grade ONEderful

  2. Fantastic ideas! I love your blog.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing!! I am starting a new unit on Fractions/Percents/Decimals and I am going to try your foldable for sure.

    Working on making awesome Math Notebooks this year! Thanks.... Jodi

  4. I love the idea of a math journal, but I can't wrap my head around how to start one and incorporate it. We use Abeka math- any suggestions?

  5. Hi Jen!
    I gave you a Shout Out on my blog!
    Come take a look!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  6. Thank you for posting at Math Monday! ;)

  7. Hi........I hope you don't mind. I posted a link to this post on my bulletin board blog for art teachers.;postID=1882165706078211607


  8. Is the ELMO something your board has purchased? Do all classes have one? Oris it yours personally? Seems like a useful tool!

  9. @Anonymous,
    My school purchased 2 about three years ago (I got one then ... I think I was supposed to share it, but I've never been good at sharing) ;). Since then, our school has purchased them for all the classes. I can't imagine teaching without it now - definitely worth it if you can afford it.

    1. Dear Runde,
      Your site is great. Thank you.
      Could you tell me what an ELMO is?
      Thank you in advance

  10. Thanks for this foldable! My 4th grade daughter came home today and did not understand how to do her homework. This was a great teaching tool! I just wish she would speak up & ask questions in class:)

  11. What kind of notebook do you all recommend students use for their journal? Will they need more than 1 for a school year?