Data Notebooks



Hey guys!! I'm back! My mental day served me well!

This week we continued to work on subtraction, and subtraction word problems, definitely trying to get them ready for 1st grade! My kids love to either just draw pictures, or just write the equation, and I'm trying to get them to see that you must show your work. For some of my kiddos it's quite easy, but for some, I have to constantly remind them!

We often discuss how it doesn't matter what the drawing  looks like, because as long as you do your best it is ok! If some children laugh at my drawing, others are quick to come to my defense!

 I really love this last one! I always tell my kiddos that this isn't art time, it's math time. I want them to understand the concept and not get caught up in whether they can draw or not!!

We continued with our hungry caterpillar/insect unit, and I wanted to complete a craftivity today, but Wal-Mart was out of what I needed!! So, on to project number 2!! We discussed the life cycle of a butterfly, and we created it also. This is one of those crafts that I always wanted to do in 1st grade, but I never seemed to have the time!!

It's really simple. All you need are thin paper plates, a marker, orzo or rice, rotini, shell and bowtie pasta!!
Start by drawing a cross in the middle, and labeling the four stages. I thought about letting them do it, but we were running out of time, and I knew that for some it would be hard writing on a plate and one that has ridges and goes around. 

The orzo or rice represents the eggs. The rotini represents the caterpillar.

The shell pasta represents the chrysalis, and the bowtie pasta is the butterfly! As you can see in the picture below, one of my children became close friends with the glue.

My kids really enjoyed doing this, especially since it was the first time that we didn't use glue sticks! We had to have a serious talk about the glue beforehand! Oh, I used food coloring and isopropyl alcohol in a baggie to color the pasta.

I'm also re-posting this picture, because for some reason it isn't showing up in a previous post!

We have also been working on writing, but I seem to have forgotten to take pics of that, but I will next week!!

Talk to you later!!


  1. I am so glad I'm not the only one who tells kids that it's math time, not art time! :)

    I almost always use circles, x's, or unit bars.

    Thanks for sharing how you do math journals!

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  2. Wow! Your kiddos are doing great with subtraction!


  3. That life cycle is a great idea. I've been meaning to do that. Thanks for the reminder!

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