A couple of weeks ago I shared how I was organizing my third grade math curriculum. You can find that post HERE. Today I wanted to show you how I did the same thing for 2nd Grade Magic of Math! I’m also going to answer a few questions that I have gotten since doing my third grade math post!
The units can be organized by week or by month. It just depends on what size of binders you have! I had small binders so I chose to organize by weeks, but it will definitely take a lot of binders to do it this way! We’ve provided covers, spines, and tabs to organize either way- by unit or week!
Is it necessary to make notebooks for everything? Absolutely not! You can also just keep everything digitally so that you don’t have to waste paper printing all of the pages. Just print what you need for your lessons and you will be good to go 🙂
But, since I decided to organize by week, I used the daily tabs that we made.
To apply the tabs, you just fold and tape over the page protectors. I just put a piece of tape on both sides so that it was nice and secure! Also, I love having the daily visuals right inside of the notebook. If I misplace anything, or take something out to copy, I can easily see where it belongs. This also helps me see exactly how the activities should be done!
I didn’t use a page protector for every single page. I grouped things inside of a plastic sleeve. So, all of my minilesson printables are all in one sleeve. I did the same thing for the activity pages and interactive notebook components! Sidenote- one of the things I love about Magic of Math is we try to give you multiple strategies and the materials you need to complete everything for the word problem, minilesson, activity, and independent work! For regrouping, we provided several different addition mats so that teachers can choose which works best for their students.
To store the cards that I have already prepped for the unit, I just hole punched an envelope. This ensures everything is secure and won’t fall out when I move my notebook around.
If I didn’t want to waste an envelope, I just slid the cards inside of the sleeve. Here you can see how I stored the examples I have made and the blackline masters for the same activity. I can quickly see what the finished product should look like 🙂
For my interactive notebook entries I put the printable in the front of the sleeve and the example in the back of the sleeve.
Here’s another example of how you can store cards with an activity.
You can grab all of the notebook covers, binder spines, and tabs in a FREE download HERE. We’ve included a lot of variety so that you can organize how you see fit!
In the spring we completed our 2nd grade Magic of Math units. We now have an entire year of materials in one bundle. The great thing about Magic of Math is that you don’t need to purchase anything to go along with it. You will have math vocabulary, I Can Statements, word problems, minilessons, activities/games, interactive notebook entries, assessments, and more! We are talking over 800 different math things!! AND it is aligned with Common Core and the TEKS! You can check out the bundle by clicking HERE or on the picture.