Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Math Scrapbook!

One of my favorite kindergarten teachers-Kimberly Jordano-inspired me to compile a math scrapbook for my kiddos.  They are usually those cute, thematic, math projects you would do anyway...she just told me that the parents will tend to KEEP things when they are made into a book!  This is sooo true.  I am always so sad when the kids come back the next day and their work is STILL in their backpack!  And it is something AWESOME that they have worked so hard on in class!  So...I set a goal of at least one page per month or sometimes per theme.  Most of these pages are Kimberly Jordano's ideas.
This is the cover of my math scrapbook.  We make these at the end of the year...right before they are to go home.  I give them the blue and yellow squares and they make a pattern around the edge.  I give them the poem and they cut around it how they want, and I give them a white piece of paper and they create "math" things for their cover: shapes, numbers, + signs, - signs, and = signs, etc....
This is our first entry.  I have a beach monkey theme in my classroom.  We start the year with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!  So we make these coconut trees and glue on the letters in their name.
This haunted house one is my favorite!!  I give them the pre-cut haunted house and they decorate it with spooky doors and windows using a white crayon.  I give them orange squares and white rectangles which they turn into circles (jack-o'-lanterns) and ghosts. They draw on eyes and mouths with black markers.  They decide what type of pattern they are making and write that on with orange markers.

For this turkey one I give them the turkey body which they cut out.  I then have a bunch of colored rectangles out and they choose two colors and turn them into feathers by cutting off the top two corners.  They sort their feathers on their turkey body and write their sentence and addition problem.  I have them draw on a face with markers, and add glitter!
For this one I gave them blue rectangles and had them create their snowflake and then they choose the pattern block shapes to glue on.  They had a recording sheet to record their findings.

For the penguin page they created their mound of snow by tearing white paper, and we created our penguin by following directions TLC style!  They picked two different colors of tiny di-cut fish and sorted them on each side of their penguin.  They then filled out their recording sheet.  They also made white dots for snow on their blue background with a white crayon.

This heart one is great!  They begin by painting a heart.  It can be any color/size.  I usually have out several valentine colors to choose from.  They paint their heart and decorate it-some use stripes, dots, or make hearts inside their heart.  Once the painted hearts dry they cut them out and use tiny, di-cut heart to go around the outside of their big heart.  I then have them write a number on each tiny heart.  They record their findings like above.
For the jellybean page I trace their hands and cut them out.  They roll a large die and glue on the number of jellybeans in one hand and the money to buy them in the other.

This one is sooo cute and we complete it during our insect unit with The Grouchy Ladybug.  Obviously they create their ladybug and color their clock. They only glue the red, circle body at the very top so it will flip up and they can glue their clock underneath.  I attach the hands of the clock with a brad.  They then fill out their recording sheet and show the times with their clock.  They LOVE This one.

There are a few additional pages that we make.  We do one for Christmas with a Christmas "I Spy" tree. and I also do another Valentines one with cookies.  This little girl was absent when those were created...I guess.  You can find tons of other ideas on Kimberly Jordanos website. Kinder By Kim!!!

I hope this post was helpful and inspirational to some!  I get tons of compliments from my parents!!!!


  1. Totally fantastic!
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  2. What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Thanks for posting the photos! I love Kim's site, too!
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  4. I did a math scrapbook as well 2 years ago. I gave it to the kids at the end of the year. They loved looking through it. I also used Kim's ideas. Thanks for sharing yours! :)

  5. I love her site! I have always wanted to do a Math journal. Maybe this year. Thanks for posting!
    Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

  6. I love Kim Jordano!! I use a lot of her ideas! I also decided to make a math scrapbook journal this year but I didn't take any pictures. I was also inspired by your graduate portraits and had my students make them. They were so cute! Thanks for sharing that!

    Coloring Outside The Lines

  7. Cute Idea.....I love how the math and art are combined together
    :) Sue

  8. I love this idea! I can't wait to do something like this with my upcoming class. Thanks so much for sharing and including pictures!

    Lil' Country Kindergarten