After the first few items in their math journal (multiplication chart, and factor Ts), we start discussing those pesky word problems and how we tackle them. I mentioned before that my goal of their math journal is to be a resource they use throughout the year, and it must have just as much (if not more) of their writing in it as print out/notes I give them. Key words, like context clues, help us to make sense of these tricky word problems. Rather than just have my kids list out the key words, I have them do a sorting activity call Who Knows Key Words?
I, then use it as a super cute bulletin board outside in the hall.
Have a great First Day!!!!