Anyone who works with me (and hopefully anyone who reads this blog) knows that I’m a math person. I LOVE teaching math! It’s by far my favorite subject to teach, which is funny because it was my least favorite subject as a student. As a math teacher, I want my instruction to be rigorous, yet fun and student friendly. It’s not always easy to find that balance, but I keeping working for it.
Last year, one of my new strategies was to implement math interactive notebooks. I had never created math notebooks before and spent the first half of the year limping through them. In fact, I almost gave it up, because I was really struggling to come up with new ideas for each entry. I can’t tell you how excited I was to find Blair Turner’s (One Lesson at a Time) Third Grade Common Core Interactive Notebooks. They made life so much easier for me, because she has multiple ideas for every single Common Core Standard. It was such a great find!
The way the booklets gives me a lot of flexibility in what manipulatives I can use. I don’t need a class set of any of the manipulatives for these activities. I usually just have one or two for each station.