Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sail Away On Columbus Day: A FREE Math Mini Book

It's wonderful Wednesday!  I hope you are having a great week so far.  We are on fall break and when we return, my class will learning about Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day.  I love using math mini books for these special days during the year.  I can stay thematic with my instruction and spend some time with word problems.
I usually work along with my students on mini books using my document camera.  We discuss the clue words in the problems and all the different ways to solve them.  I like to have students bring their books up to share and explain how they arrive at their answers.  Later in the year, students will need less support.  But, we continue discussing strategies even when they become more independent.  
Pictured below is the math mini book my students will complete during our studies of Christopher Columbus.  Click on the picture if you would like a FREE copy of it.

I think it's really important to work on word problems throughout the entire year.  Math mini books are a really great way to fit them in.
I hope you can get some use out of this activity.  If you have any questions about it, please email me.


  1. Amber, this little booklet is amazing!! You are right...gets the holiday in while sticking close to the curriculum! We're grabbing it! It is perfect for our classes! Thanks!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  2. This is going in my plans for next week. I love the two for one of math and social studies in one book. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Thank you so much for sharing this adorable freebie! I can't wait to use this with my class this week.

  4. Very well done. This aligns perfectly for my first graders! A great find even a year later :)