Thursday, August 1, 2013

Math Journals Update (First Grade Update)

Here is an update on the Math Journal: Tools for your Toolbox post.  I have had so many emails about this post! I am so glad that people are finding this to be a simple, engaging method! :)

Here are the pictures from my class last year-- They are pretty self explanatory, but feel free to email me or post a comment if you have questions!




We try to add a definition and example for all of the math symbols in addition to our strategy "tools"!




Every strategy we learn we add into our "Toolbox" as a "tool".  We want our First Graders to be comfortable with ALL of the strategies so that they can identify the BEST strategy when faced with a problem. Yes, there will be strategies that they prefer, but they still need to know how to use the BEST strategy for the problem. :)



A definition and an example :)




Focusing on teen numbers-- they are so tricky! We want them to really see the TEN and the ONES that make up each number.






Sometimes we use our journals for fact practice.  I don't do them in my journal very often, but here is one time when they were working on fact families with teen numbers.

What better way to show numbers than on a hundred board? This is not only a great visual but it is so fun to watch the kids figure out the patterns!






The "Utah Core Standards" have First Graders mastering numbers to 120.  So we expanded our journal pages to ensure that they have the same opportunity for introduction and mastery as with all of the other numbers. They are quick to see the patterns!








We used this little hundred board to solve some challenging problems. (Using the strategy "Count-On by Tens or Ones".

Two-digit Addition Strategies!






















 
I hope these pictures have given you some ideas! 
 
If you would like a copy of some of the pages, please feel free to email me :) semvm0816@gmail.com
 
You can leave a comment but if you want to receive the documents, you will have to email me directly.
 
Have a wonderful day!
Sarah

117 comments:

  1. Is this for sale somewhere? I really enjoy the content.

    Brenda
    bcosby83@gmail.com

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  2. Brenda-
    It is not for sale but if you would like to send me an email with the particular components you are interested in, I am happy to share them. (They are, unfortunately, all different documents at this point--)

    semvm0816@gmail.com

    Sarah

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  3. Is there any possible way you can send the info to me as well. It is amazing. THanks.
    hlz1571@yahoo.com

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  4. Do you do this for your entire math lesson or is it in addition to? I am working with a curriculum that I don't find very engaging but have to use!

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  5. Heidi- I am happy to share- just shoot me an email!
    semvm0816@gmail.com

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  6. Kalana Mei-
    I designed these to go along with the math program that I use-- I have used this same journaling system with two very different math programs and have had great success with both. The key is to identify the strategies that you are working with, or the concept that needs some additional scaffolding.
    Does that help?
    Good luck!!

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  7. So just to clear it up for myself... You teach from your math program and this is an extra resource you make with your kids for them to use when needed. Do you add new concepts as you go? How do you decide what tool to use? Are you just using tools so they remember it a tool box of resources?

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  8. I teach from a math program and use this to reinforce and solidify vocabulary and strategies.
    Every time we teach a new strategy, we add a "tool" and write a definition and example.
    (So if you think about the math you will be teaching this week, what strategies are you introducing? Those would be your "tools".) :)

    It all came from a conference I went to years ago. A third grade teacher said that she simply tells her kids "It's just another tool for your toolbox" every time she introduces a new strategy. I LOVED the idea of teaching my kids to think of all of the different strategies as "tools" that they had to tackle different problems. But, since I teach six year olds, I wanted to make it a little more literal-- so for each strategy we learn about, I make a tool and we put it in our "tool box" (math journal).

    We also do other problems and math activities in our journals in addition to the tools.

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  9. Wonderful, I will be doing this in my class.

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  10. Good luck and let me know how it goes!
    Sarah

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  11. I would really appreciate if you were still willing to share your sheets where you have the word and the base ten blocks and the picture. Also if you wouldn't mind sharing your tools I would greatly appreciate it. This has so inspired me. I wish I had found ealier. Thank you so much for your ideas. Monica
    mwhitney76@yahoo.com

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  12. Monica-
    Sure! Just send me an email and I will send them on to you!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Sarah
    semvm0816@gmail.com

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  13. Hello!!!! I love, love, love this! I would love to use this. Can you send it to me also?
    Thank you,
    Chelsea

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  14. How do I find your email address?
    Thank you!

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  15. THis looks Great! I am starting a notebook with my students this year. I also would want a copy of the toolkit you are using! Here is my email smarti63@neisd.net. Thank you so much!

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    1. Send me an email and I will send it your way!
      semvm0816@gmail.com

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  16. I love a copy of your toolkit...my email is kelleyirvin@gmail.com

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    1. Shoot me an email and I will gladly share!
      semvm0816@gmail.com
      Sarah

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  17. We'll you have started something great here!! May I also have a copy? Mollyandlarry@gmail.com
    Thanks!! This is just what I was looking for!

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    1. If you send me an email, I will send it on to you!
      Sarah
      semvm0816@gmail.com

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    2. I would love a copy of your toolbox. I use go math and am looking to do math notebook! Great idea

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  18. These are awesome! I started a notebook with my kids but like the organization of your toolkit! Can I please get a copy? Thanks!
    patricecald@yahoo.com

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  19. I love the toolkit pieces! Can I get a copy of them? We're using a journal this year for the first time but only in a limited way. I'd love to expand it more like this for next year. Fairlyelementary@gmail.com

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  20. Just brilliant. Can you email me a copy too?
    joanne@guleroglu.com

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  21. Just brilliant. Can you email me a copy too?
    joanne@guleroglu.com

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  22. I am happy to send them to you-- just shoot me an email!
    semvm0816@gmail.com
    Have a great day!!

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  23. I would love a copy. Great journals!
    tlcnatian@gmail.com

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    1. I am happy to share-- just send me an email and I will send them on to you!
      semvm0816@gmail.com

      Sarah

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  24. Sara,
    I have a daughter who just turned six, she is reading on a fourth grade level, she has been tested for HG program but her math scores are not as high as her language scores, she doesn't seem very interested on math,I really need to push her to do math work. What curriculum will you recommend me to work with her at home to reinforce her from school work? And also could you please share with me your files?thank you and I will be visiting your site from now on...so excited to have found it .patty

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  25. Love this!! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Just sent you an email for a couple of your sheets!! :) I'm moving from 6th to 1st next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  27. I really like the way you have this journal set up. I am a new teacher starting in first grade next year and have been told the curriculum leaves a lot to be desired. I would totally pay you to send me your sheets!!! snydersy@mail.uc.edu if it's not too much trouble!!!! Thanks!!!!

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  28. I teach 1st grade and love the idea of a toolbox. Would you send me your sheets? nsabers@holyfamily.dbq.pvt.k12.ia.us
    Thanks!

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  29. I love all of this!!! I also teach 1st grade and this unit lines up perfectly with our GO Math series and our CC state standards. I am interested in the Math Toolkit pages, the tens and ones and the 100-120 chart pages. My email is tinastarnes122579@yahoo.com. Thank you so much!!!

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  30. HI! Thank you so much for publishing all of these wonderful journal ideas. I will be teaching 1st grade in the fall, after teaching 3rd for 6 years. So any help is greatly appreciated. I would love the math toolkit pages and any other templates that you could gladly donated. Thanks again. michelledeanni@yahoo.com

    Michelle

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  31. I would love the math toolkit! I tried to do a math journal last year- and my students went home with a great notebook for drawing and coloring in over the summer. I love your ideas! Thanks you!
    Bonnie
    bonwbow@gmail.com

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  32. I am a new first grade teacher looking for an interactive journal to go with Go!Math and this looks like just the ticket! I'll take whatever you are willing to share! rr.raeburn@gmail.com thank you in advance!

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  33. I loved all of your math toolkit pages. When I requested them this morning, the email failed to go through. If you could please send me some of the math pages I would really appreciate it. My email is uchennaofor@yahoo.com. Thanks, U. Ofor

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  34. Really love the number, picture, word, place value sheets... Would take anything you have... I teach special ed and all the kids are on different levels. Thanks
    hlmote@prosper-isd.net

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  35. I love the place value sheets but would love to have all of the Math Tool Kit to help my other teachers with Math. am_vanrhyn@yahoo.com

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  36. Sarah, My district just received Go Math this year. These notebooks look awesome!! I will take whatever you are willing to share! Thanks so much!!! aeversgerd@bccu2.org

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  37. I would love to use this as well. Thanks for all the work. It is awesome! djgrafel@aol.com

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  38. This is awesome. I love your examples they are easy for students to understand which then help them start making connections to other strategies they're been taught to use. I would like the place value sheets, but would like all of the Math Tool Kit to share with my partners. Thanks for sharing.
    school.marm@comcast.net

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  39. These look incredible! I tried emailing to request a copy but it came back undeliverable! Would you mind sending me a copy to use with my first and second graders this year? Thank you so much!

    Nicky.demoss@gmail.com

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  40. This is awesome. I would love to have a copy of your sheets. fergusond@triad.k12.oh.us.
    Thank you
    Diana

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  41. This is my first year tackling Go Math (first grade). I would love to begin my interactive journal. Your things look fantastic! I would love your toolkit and anything else you're willing to share. Thanks so much! iseit@optonline.net

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  42. I love your math toolkit! Thank you for sharing! This is my first year teaching first grade. I would love to have a copy!! Thank you!! meaghanhenry@gmail.com

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  43. These are wonderful. I would love a copy if possible. karissa.tatom@gmail.com

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  44. This looks great! I love how interactive it is! I would love a copy of which ever files you are willing to share! :) kvaleri12@yahoo.com thank you in advance!

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  45. I would love a copy of any of these documents if you are willing to share! These are great! I am just starting math journals with my students, and have been looking for some good resources to use. My email is aliciajhoward@gmail.com
    Thanks! :)

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  46. I would love a copy of any of the documents you're willing to share! We just started using math journals this year and yours look great!
    erinweindel@gmail.com

    Thank you!!!

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  47. I would love to get a copy of all your documents as well.
    Thank you so much:)
    Kim
    Kimmcinvale@yahoo.com

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  48. Me too! I would also love a copy of all your documents. I love the way you make everything so clear and easy to do and understand. Thank you so much for all you are doing to help us make math easier for our students! My e-mail is ldlahodny@cox.net

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  49. I would love a copy of your documents. This is amazing and exactly what I need for my class. Thank you. Kavitarb@gmail.com

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  50. I feel really bad, but I am not sure how to be more clear. If you would like me to share the documents with you, you have to email me directly.
    (see above).
    Thanks!!
    Sarah

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  51. Hey Sarah,
    Just sent you an email. Thanks for your awrsome blog.

    Erin

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  52. I love these! I teach "Go Math" to my first graders and this goes along with it perfectly. I would love a copy of your documents especially the small hundred board. My email is vburge@clarkecountyschools.org

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  53. I would also love these if you still have them available. Thank you!
    jaclanajunk@gmail.com

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  54. Love the way you do your journals!! I'm a math leader in my district & I'd love to share your journal ideas. I really like the way you make it a reference tool. Any sheets you're willing to share would be wonderful. Thanks!!

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  55. I was searching for ideas to make a Maths Dictionary for my Year 1 and 2 students (5 and 6 year olds). I love this idea and it has many of the things I wanted to put together, thanks for sharing and helping me clarify my ideas. I would love a copy of any sheets you are willing to share to get me started. Regards Rachel rachelgargan@redwood.school.nz

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  56. I would love a copy as well. Nicole_eliott@yahoo.com. Thanks much! :)

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  57. This notebook is amazing! If you are still sharing the pages I know my team would really enjoy them. SherryAnn1921@hotmail.com Thank you :)

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  58. I would LOVE to experiment this year and start the year using notebook... I would try fractions, shapes and Data! We use Envision math, what program do you use? karri.clampitt@abcusd.us

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  59. I love all of this!! I'm going to be teaching 1st grade this year, and I would really like to use these resources in my class with my students. I would love to have a copy of the sheets, the toolkit pages, and anything else you would like to share. Thank you so much!

    My email is mpoundsbain@hot.rr.com

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  60. I was creating a math journal for my class and I just happened to see your page. This is awesome. Please send me a copy.
    Thank you.
    loripellis@hotmail.com

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  61. I found the link to this page on Pinterest and would love a copy of the toolkit pages, sheets or anything else relating to this awesome journal. My email is spung@sbcglobal.net Thanks!

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  62. I would love to do math journals for my class next year. I linked to this page from Pinterest. I would love a copy of the toolkit pages. My email is diane.walter@ops.org.

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  63. I found your math journal on pinterest. I would love to have copies of the toolkit pages and anything else related to this journal. I usually only put math problems in but love the idea of adding strategies for the kids to refer back to.

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  64. my e-mail is melissa.powers@cobbk12.org

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  65. Hi. I found this on Pinterest! Can you please email me the journal? We adopted Go Math this year. woodyc1@k12tn.net Thank you so much!!!!

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  66. I would love a copy as well! tonyacoats@yahoo.com

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  67. I would love a copy of the toolkit and any other first grade resources you have to offer. Thank you :))

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  68. My email address is cdyemac@gmail.com

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  69. I would love a copy of the teen number page (number, number name, and double ten frame).
    Also, the place value pages to 100 and 120.
    Thank you so much!
    Email: lauren@lafontaineprep.org

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  70. I love these journal pages! Could you send me a copy? My email is kadelmeyer@wwusd.org. Thank you! These are great!!

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  71. I am impressed! We do math journals and this would be a great addition. I would love the less than more than pages that they color and then answer the questions. My email is valerie.schiele@cabarrus.k12.nc.us Thank you so much!

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  72. Your work is so awesome! Love the toolkit, and would love a copy of it. Thank you so much for sharing!
    My email is takincobus@gmail.com

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  73. Was looking for ideas to enhance my Math Journals and was fortunate enough to find your post. I'd love the Math Toolkit and any journal pages you're willing to share. Thank you so much! Lcarlson8@roadrunner.com

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  74. I would love a copy of all of this. It all looks wonderful! My email is ranneym@duvalschools.org

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  75. I also love all of this and would appreciate any that you would email me. My email is twissing@ginorthwest.org

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  76. I also love all of this and would appreciate any that you would email me. My email is twissing@ginorthwest.org

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  77. This looks great! Thanks so much for the ideas. I would love a copy of anything you are willing to share - thank you thank you thank you!!! danyele_rabidoux@bwdsb.on.ca

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  78. This is fabulous and so perfect for first grade. I would appreciate anything you are willing to share about journal writing. ( or math in general) Thank you so much. eckert.rita@usd377.org

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  79. This is fabulous and so perfect for first grade. I would appreciate anything you are willing to share about journal writing. ( or math in general) Thank you so much. eckert.rita@usd377.org

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  80. Thank you so much for including the photos from your math journals. I am an ELL teacher who would love using these visuals and definitions. I would love everything you have available. Thanks so much. ann.yee@spps.org

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  81. Thank you so much for including the photos from your math journals. I am an ELL teacher who would love using these visuals and definitions. I would love everything you have available. Thanks so much. ann.yee@spps.org

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  82. Woww,, it looks great for my primary students!!
    I would appreciate anything you are willing to share about teaching math.
    Thank you and have a nice day!! ^_^

    astrinka.rizanti@cikal.co.id

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  83. Awesome!Your work is so creative!My email is habeagriseco@yahoo.com. Thank you very much!

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  84. I love using your journal materials in my first grade classroom! If you would be willing to send me any new updates you have, I would love that! My email is aliciajhoward@gmail.com T th anks so much for your awesome materials! :)

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  85. I love these! Would you mind sharing the numbers to 100 sheet with the number, number word and hundreds box to color in, and the tens and ones to represent the number? terri.horgan@pequannock.org
    Thanks so much!!

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  86. Wow! Great visuals for decomposing numbers. I also like the picture vocabulary word cards! Ahenry1@pghboe.net would love a copy. Thanks so much.

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  87. I am interested in anything you have for fractions. Thanks!
    aliciajhoward@gmail.com

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  88. I think your journal pages look awesome! I would love to have your Math Tool Kit pages. My email is: coletilmon@gmail.com
    Thank you!

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  89. I really enjoyed your journal. Looking forward to using it with my students. I would appreciate it if you would be willing to share... my email is egonzalez19@romaisd.com Thanks!!

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  90. I really enjoyed your journal. Looking forward to using it with my students. I would appreciate it if you would be willing to share... my email is egonzalez19@romaisd.com Thanks!!

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  91. These are all wonderful, and I feel they would really help me as a new first grade teacher :-) If you would be willing to share, my email address is internet_steph@hotmail.com Thank you!!

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  92. I am very excited about doing math journal this year with my students, and think your work is fantastic! I appreciate that you are willing to share your work. I would like anything (everything?) pictured from your journals. Thank you! mary.jackson@trimont-academy.org

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  93. I would love a copy of your journal pages! Thanks! mijrenrut@yahoo.com

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  94. I would love a copy of your journal pages! Thanks! mijrenrut@yahoo.com

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  95. I like your activity sheets, if you can please send me the copies. apdiaz@aldineisd.org

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  96. I really love these activity sheets, please send me the copies. Thanks in advance! msfred26@aol.com This would work great in my class.

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  97. I really love these activity sheets, please send me the copies. Thanks in advance! msfred26@aol.com This would work great in my class.

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  98. I would love a copy of your math jornal pages. I am currently collecting pages for various skills. Thanks in advance! tuniseyg@yahoo.com

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  99. This journal is very inspiring. I would love to share copies of these journal pages and the tools with my first grade team. escott@mcps.org

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  100. I think your activity sheets are amazing! I would love to have a copy. Thanks so much mpoundsbain07@gmail.com

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  101. Wow!I would love whatever copies you have, this is fantastic and I really appreciate it. Jodeederose@gmail.com

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  102. I love this idea! I am a new teacher so I've been trying to find so.ething like this. If you are willing to share some of your printables. Thank you in advance!
    Suesavage55118@yahoo.com

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  103. I would really love this! I can't seem to email you but my email is jensentblock@gmail.com

    Thanks so much!

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  104. This is awesome. I would love a copy of the toolkit. My email is ksequin@msn.com. Thank You!!

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  105. I love this. So simple and to the point. I also cannot email you. I really hope you are still willing to share this great resource. I even looked you up on Teachers Pay Teachers hoping that you were selling the pages in your toolkit. Thanks. Megan. msturgeon02@gmail.com

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  106. This is great! I would love a copy too! My email is robeena_sahib@hotmail.com Thanks :)

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  107. Wow! Great materials stand the test of time. I hope your toolkit is still available since its 5 years later. bets882000@yahoo.com

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  108. Hi! I Is it love this!
    Npeoples@mesquite.org

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