Interactive Elements of a Math Notebook

The interactive elements of a math notebook that you will be using at home are what make it most meaningful and engaging for children.  These elements make the notebook a “hands-on” experience for children to practice their math skills.

Simple interactive elements that could be added to a math notebook can just be simple printouts from online (or hand drawings) that represent ways to memorize facts.  Examples include a times table printout, a pneumonic device for order of operations, or a factor rainbow.

To add another level of interest (and complexity) you can make interactive elements with moveable parts.  In the last post, I outlined how to make a spinner in your notebook.  You can use the spinner concept to also teach time and create a clock with a minute and hour hand.  Another option would be to create flaps.  The top of the flap can be a vocabulary word and under the flap can be an example.  This is great for teaching fractions.

The ideas are really up to your imagination of how you can create an interactive math notebook.  Children are also a good source of ideas and can describe what attracts their attention and makes a subject more interesting.  Developing the notebook to complement what children are learning in school will reinforce concepts in a fun way.  What topics and activities have you included in an interactive math notebook?

Check back later this week for our last post in the series on interactive math notebooks for home on how to use them after you build them.

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