Saturday, July 23, 2011

I'm back!

Wow it's been a week since I have posted anything and I have so much to share!  First my school informed us that the LRC was open which means unlimited laminating until school starts so of course thats where I've spent most of my time this week.  A big thank you to Mrs. Curtain at Life's a Teach for sending me a cute id purse and $10.00 gift card to Target.  Check out all of my goodies!
The name tags are for my chair pockets I got from Mrs. Perry at Primary Perspective.  The chapsticks I use for smellies for a easy incentive.  Ink pads for my stamps in different colors, 2 desk caddies and a teacher planner I will use as a calendar for myself versus lesson plans.  The last and most important thing is my pretty Flair pens!  I love those things!  Thanks again Mrs. Curtain!

I had promised a couple bloggers that I would post my Math Journal so here it is. I used them everyday last year and loved them.  My only complaint about the way I did it last year was that they were unorgainized and so it was hard for my students to go back and find things that we had covered.  So this summer my goal was to create a version that was orgainized and easy for my students to use and understand.  My journal is broken down into 4 parts. 
Part 1 = Table of Contents - students record the concept and page number
Part 2 = Strategies - includes foldables, posters, and poems
Part 3 = Guided Practice - Left brain - students apply strategy independently , Right brain - teacher models
Part 4 = Vocabulary

Here are some pictures:

Would love to hear your thoughts before I present it to my team.

Mrs. Shepherd


  1. I will be teaching second grade for the first time ever...excited and nervous. I love your math journals. I understand that my team also uses math journals, and like you, I will want them to be super organized so my students can use the resource. Would you consider sharing the dividers you made for your journals? They are super cute!

  2. I love these math journals! I never thought to wrap paper around pages to make dividers. smart!

  3. I agree Adrienne. I just bought dividers at Staples and I am taking them back.

  4. Wow! I will definitely use this idea with my first graders!

    I just created a Hawaiian-themed back-to-school activity pack for second graders over at:

    I spent most of my time teaching second grade so I love creating things for that age!

    Thanks for the wonderful idea! :0)

    Leanne at

  5. Just found your blog too cute. I live in GP too nice to see someone so close who also blogs.

  6. I found the pocket charts at the Target off 360 they seem to always have a better selection.

  7. Thanks for visting my blog and following me! I am now following you

    Ms. Patterson
    Pocket Full of Kinders

  8. Thanks for the comment and follow! I am following you now! :)

  9. I also would love to have them. What a fantastic idea! Thanks!

  10. This is great! I love the dividers. I do something similiar but found we weren't using the whole journal so I took them to kinkos and had them slice them in half and got two journals out of one!
    Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

  11. Great idea...I'm stealing. Can I get a copy of C.U.B.E.? I've never heard of that strategy. Thanks.

  12. Hope you're feeling better! Can you tell me what cube stands for in your math journals? And do you have an example you include in their journals as you teach it?

  13. i love your math journals! i used them last year and they became a jumbled mess! i am totally going to copy your idea..thank you for sharing!

  14. I loved your Math journal ideas so much, I am featuring you on my next blog! I am your newest follower!
    Happy Blogging
    Learning 4 Keeps

  15. I love your Math Journals. I would like to see more. I look forward to enhancing the things that I felt were productive this year.

    Thanks for Sharing,