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How to Successfully Use a Kindergarten Math Notebook

It’s no secret that I LOVE interactive notebooks in the kindergarten classroom. I’ve had a lot of requests over the years to make a math edition and I finally finished it! So today I wanted to share with you how to successfully use a math notebook in your kindergarten classroom!

I’ve already created interactive notebooks for Science, Social Studies, and Language/Grammar. Math was my most requested subject to add.

Benefits of Interactive Notebooks

Every year I stock up on inexpensive composition books from Walmart when the back-to-school section fills up. Here are some of the reasons I love interactive notebooks:

  • They provide students with lots of fine motor practice.
  • Notebooks keep all learning on a subject organized in one central place.
  • I’m able to do quick assessments on my students and quickly record their grade.
  • They provide me with work examples to share with parents both at conferences and when I send them home at the end of the year.

Using a Math Notebook in the Classroom

This math notebook is not intended to be a curriculum replacement. Most districts already have a math curriculum that each teacher needs to use, but as we all know, no math curriculum is 100% complete.

You can use this math notebook in the following ways:

  • Whole group instruction
  • Small group instuction
  • Math centers
  • Assessment
  • RTI/Differentiated assignments

Personally, I use it is as one of my math rotations. I don’t do whole group math instruction anymore. The need to differentiate the lesson was too great, so I went to a small group model. My groups look like this:

  • A – Time with the teacher – small group practice with the concept
  • B – Curriculum page practice
  • C – Boom Card concept practice (desktop or iPad)
  • D – Complete math notebook page

Topics Covered

  • Numbers 1-10
  • Counting
  • Patterns
  • 2D and 3D Shapes
  • Number Comparison
  • Ways to Make 10
  • Counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s
  • Couting to 50/100
  • Addition and Subtraction to 5
  • Composing/Decomposing Teen Numbers
  • Number Comparison
  • Addition/Subtraction to 10
  • Measurement
  • Graphing
  • Word Problems
  • Fact Fluency

I tried to hit all of the common core math standards for kindergarten and give them a couple of different ways to practice and visualize each concept.

Interactive Notebooks for Your Classroom

If you are interested in the Math Notebook or the Interactive Notebook Bundle you can buy them in my TPT store, or right here on my website with the links below.

Do you already use interactive notebooks in your classroom? I would love to hear how you like them in the comments below!

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