Math Journal Writing for the Primary Grades
Teacher Name: Jill Murphy Title of Lesson Write a Story
Gale Yanish Plan: Problem
Grade Level: K-2 Subject Area(s): Math & Writing
School/District: Elko Time Frame to 2- 45 minute periods
Students will model and write story problems and number sentences.
NV Math 1.1.1 – Identify and model basic addition facts (sums through 10)
and the corresponding subtraction facts.
NV Math 1.1.3 – Write, model, and describe one-step addition and
NV Math Communication 7.7 – Use physical materials, models, pictures, or
writing to represent and communicate mathematical ideas.
NV Math Communication 7.12 - Explain and justify thinking about
mathematical ideas and solutions.
NV Writing 5.1.4 - Write, with teacher assistance, responses to literature.
NV Writing 5.2.4 - Write responses to literature.
NV Writing 7.1.2 - Write complete sentences.
To create number sentences.
To demonstrate understanding of number sentences and word problems.
To communicate their understanding through writing.
The assessment is teacher observation and a checklist. The checklist consists
of statements such as: The student was able to write model and write number
sentences based on the story problem created by the teacher. The student
was able to create their own situation and corresponding addition number
sentences. Student was able to write a story from the situation they created
in lesson 1.
Students need to be able to model and write addition number sentences.
The lesson begins with whole group review of writing number sentences
Learning from models. Students will work individually in their journals to write a
Tools and Resources
Bear addition mats, bear counters, and dry erase markers for each student.
Teddy Grahams for each student. Paper or journal for each student.
Other: Overhead Projector, overhead bear counters, and overhead bear mat.
Lesson 1: Hand out bear mats, bear counters, and dry erase markers to each student.
While the teacher tells a story problem, students will model the story problem using the
bear counters and bear mats. Students will write a number sentence based on the story
problem. Do this several times.
Hand out paper copies of the bear mat and Teddy Grahams to each student. Students will
create their own number sentences by gluing Teddy Grahams to the bear mat. Then the
students will write a number sentence to go with the situation they created. Collect the
bear mats for lesson 2
Lesson 2: Hand out bear mats from lesson 1 and math journals to the students. Students
will write a story problem based on the number sentence they created on their bear mats
in lesson 1. Students will also write the number sentence on their journal page that their
story problem is based on.
Modification for Differentiated Instruction
Slower learning or special education students may need some individual help
in writing their story problems, i.e. Have them tell their story problem and
repeat one sentence back at a time for them to write. Another adaptation
could be for the teacher to write the story problem on a sheet of paper and the
student will copy it.
Gifted students could possibly write more than one story problem on their
Used by permission from Project Venture, 1998 Technology Innovation Challenge Grant, Phoenix, AZ