Thursday, January 31, 2013

Math Notebooking



I let the students make a cover page to personalize their notebook.


They then use the next four pages for the table of contents where they write the date, topic and what page that topic can be found on.  After those four pages, the students start numbering their pages.


In the past, I used the notebook purely as a place to do classwork and homework problems and to take a few notes. This year I've tried to make it a little more interactive. The following are some foldables I found on-line.

This coordinate graph foldable by Kate can be found on her blog, To the Square Inch.





This order of operations foldable by Sarah Hagan can be found on her blog, Math = Love.



This integer foldable is another by Sarah Hagan and can be found here.



We write all our vocabulary in the notebook with the notes that we take.


The last five pages are used as an index for vocabulary words.  The pages are folded into fourths and each column is assigned a letter.  The students list the vocabulary word and the page that it can be found on.


I hope this motivates some of you to start using a notebook for math.  If you already notebook, tell us some ideas that work for you.  If you have an awesome foldable you'd like to tell us about, leave a link in the comments so we can check it out.

22 comments:

  1. Interactive Notebooks rock! I have used them for 3 years now and they make the world of difference!

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  2. I'm interested in foldables for our notebooks. Do you have any tips on how to keep them neat (as in not too bulky and not having bits of paper hang out)?

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    1. I have the students tape the papers in the notebook. So far they have not fallen out or gotten too bulky.

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  3. I am using Jennifer (4mulafun)'s flippable pack from her TPT store and they are fabulous! The lines make it so easy to cut and the directions are super easy! Check it out!
    http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Flippable-Template-Pack-Personal-Use-Only

    We used it today and I had one kid cut the foldables for me during inside recess to save time and she had it done in minutes! And they are so neat! I am going to blog with pictures this weekend.

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  4. I love the index for vocabulary words I've never seen that before. Thanks for sharing! I use the notebooking system with my students and I LOVE them. They help to keep things organized. And the kiddos love all the foldables we do.
    :0) Melissa
    More Time 2 Teach

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    1. I am a science trainer for my district. When the FOSS trainers come to do train the trainer sessions with us, this is how they presented the science notebook. I based my math notebook on it. We have since then changed how we do science vocabulary, which I plan to present in an upcoming post.

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  5. I use an interactive notebook for my social studies class, and the students love them. Thank you for posting this!

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    1. Me, too! I just started this year. The students really seem to like it.

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  6. What a great idea! Thanks for posting. I can share the pics in class to give the kids a complete example without me having to make one first! Question, how do you get your logo on all of you pics?

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    1. I glad you can use this resource. Let me know how it goes.

      Logo on pics: I just open the picture in PSE and then drag and drop my logo onto it.

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    2. I do it in Power Point when in being lazy! Just layer, right click, save as picture.

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  7. Love it! I do something very similar...and am always looking for new ways to tweak it!

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    1. I'd love to see what you are doing! I'm always looking for ways to improve the notebooks.

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  8. I've been dying to do this, but we sort of got into a routine and with state testing coming up in a month, I'm torn about whether getting it set up would be a) a great way to review a bunch of concepts via foldables, or b) totally confusing! Did you start it in September?

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    1. I did start at the beginning of school (Aug. for me). I don't see why you couldn't start now. It can be your trial run for next year!

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  9. I love this! I use math journals, but not like this. I plan to start on Monday!!! Thank you for posting. Looking forward to seeing your science journals.

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    1. You will have to share with us how it goes!

      I've been taking pics of the student's science notebooks and they asked me why I kept taking pics. They see me with my phone out all the time taking pictures, so I didn't think it would be any big deal. I guess it was!

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  10. We love using composition notebooks, we use them for different subjects, but never thought to use them this way. The kids love lapbooks and pocket books, but that involves extra time to create them, the composition notebooks seem like such a simple solution!

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  11. I personally use a good interactive laptop with regard to my personal interpersonal research course, and also the college students adore all of them. Thanks with regard to publishing this particular!

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