Number Names Journal

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Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Homeschooler -

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  • Allows creative thinking for equivalent names for numbers!
  • Keeps students actively engaged!
  • Great differentiation tool!
  • Free

The Number Names Journal allows students to represent equivalent names for numbers in a variety of ways. As students explore numbers and learn new math concepts, students can add to their Number Names Journal pages. This journal can be used as a great differentiation tool by allowing students to work on skills at their level at their own pace. The Number Names Journal can be used throughout the year and connected to all the areas of mathematics.

I’m amazed at how creative students can be when they are allowed to explore numbers on their own. I love the Number Names Journal because students can show their thinking in many different ways without being told what to do. It is their journal to create however they choose.

Here are some pages from first grade Number Names Journals:


After I introduced clocks to my students, this student added her own clock to show 5 o’clock.


In calendar, one of our patterns was shapes. During that month, this student added these shapes and wrote, “2 diamonds make 8 sides.”


Early in the year, this student made simple representations such as a domino, five frame, ten frame, flower, tally, and penny. As the year progressed, she added one inch, one centimeter, a clock, addition and subtraction equations, and recently added -1+2=1. Just on this page alone, she has shown her development of mathematical thinking.



As we learned new concepts in math, this student added things like money, a thermometer, base-ten blocks, centimeters, etc.


After I started having this student explore arrays, she figured out the multiplication equation 2 x 3 = 6.


This student used tallies, money, base-ten blocks, and a double ten frame to represent 12.

This student has shown strong math understanding and is now exploring arrays.

This student is showing a good understanding of number by the subtraction equations he is exploring.

Look at this student’s understanding of equivalency. Two hexagons with 12 total sides equal three squares with 12 total sides.


This student got very excited when he started exploring these patterns for making addition and subtraction equations.

List of things students might include in the Number Names Journal:


Number words

Dice or domino dot patterns

Drawings of objects




Lines measured in inches and/or centimeters

Shapes (how many sides) and solids (how many faces/corners)

Addition and subtraction equations

Five/ten/double ten frames

Base-Ten blocks

Arrays using tiles to model multiplication (then groups to show division)

Multiplication and division equations

Words they can spell with that number of letters


Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Homeschooler -


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