Do you feel like you have too much to do and not enough time to do it? One way to give yourself a little extra time is by setting up permanent centers. The format of permanent centers remain the same all year, only the content changes. You save time by not having to explain the procedures each week, not getting interrupted during your small group lesson with the inevitable questions about the center, and by knowing what you’re going to do with your permanent center(s), you save time planning.
Math journals are great permanent centers. This center can reinforce skills you’ve already taught, takes just a few minutes to set up, and also teaches writing skills as well as math skills. There are many different math journal books on the market that you can choose from, but my favorite math journal prompt books are by Yvonne Crawford. Yvonne has several different “Mathbooking”, books with math journal prompts to choose from.
There are a minimum amount of supplies needed to set up this center.
To me, composition books work better than spiral notebooks. It seems like someone’s spirals always gets stuck on another student’s book. At the beginning of the year, assign each student a number. Tape number labels on the end of the journals so your students can quickly find their journal.