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Math Writing Prompts

Prompt
no.

Affective/Attitudinal
(How do you feel?)

Explain how you feel about

mathematics now as
compared to before you took
this class.

Mathematical
Content
The difference
between... and ...
is...

The most important part

of solving a problem
is...
Write instructions for a
fifth grader to follow
finding percentages,
calculating averages,
etc.)

math is...

I think a ... is... (I

thought a ... was...)

If math could be a color

(shape, sound), it would
be...because...

describe a ...?

I want to become better at

math so that I...

People who are good at

math...

Process
(Explain how!)

What patterns do
you notice in ...

Find something that you

learned today that is
similar to something
you already knew. Write
Do you use tables or
diagrams when solving
a problem? Why or why
not?
You know several ways
to.... (solve an equation,
fractions, etc.) Which
method is your
favorite? Why?

My best experience with

math was when...

Make a list of
objects or figures in
the room which have
... How can you
tell?

My worst experience with

math was when...

definition of a ...

I...

Write a letter to your

teacher explaining what
you do understand
about the topic, and
what needs to be
clarified.

When it comes to math, I

find it difficult to...

How important is being

neat and organized to
you in general, and
when you are doing
math?

When I hear someone say

math is fun, I...

When I read a math

textbook, and see a
word I don't know, I...

Draw a picture of a
mathematician and describe
what a mathematician does.

How many squares

are there on a chess
board? Describe
solving this
problem.

The key idea of the

lesson today was...

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If I were better at math, I

would...

Describe the
mathematics seen in
a photograph.
(Photograph may
need to be
provided).

When I see a word

problem, the first thing
I do is...Then I...

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What kind of math figure are

Write and solve a
What are the benefits of
you? (Circle, square, triangle,
word problem whose journal writing for
parallelogram, etc.) Why did
solution involves ... mathematics classes?
you choose that figure?

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showing your work on the

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Find a shortcut
for ...

How could journal

writing be changed to
be more effective?

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Does mathematics or math

class scare you in any way?

When you get a test

back, do you make
questions? Why or why
not?

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My three personal goals for

this term are...

Describe practical
uses for ...

math textbook?

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Describe how today's math

class will affect your day.

Compare and
contrast the terms ...

Describe any
computational
procedure that you
invented.

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What did you like most about

Explain everything
your previous math class?
you know about ...
What did you like the least?

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My math grade now is

...because...

Write an explanation
Write possible test
questions for this unit.
between ... and ...

This is how I feel about

Algebra (Pre-algebra,
Percents, Fractions, etc.)

How many
What is the most
dimensions does a
significant thing you
pencil have? Explain learned this week?

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How should we use

class time to the best

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What questions are still

unanswered at the end
of this week?

One mathematics activity I

really enjoy is...because...

divide by zero?

This is how I used math this

week (outside of school)...

Explain how you can

How can you find a improve your
number with thirteen communication and
factors?
cooperation in the
mathematics classroom.
Describe any
discoveries you make
(patterns, relationships,
procedures, etc.).

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Draw a cartoon of the 'Math

Monster' and write what the
'Math Monster' is saying to
you.

What is a ...? Write

all you can about ...

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Write a letter to a student

who will be taking this class
next year, giving some

How do you
simplify...?

Describe the process

you undertook to solve
this problem. (Problem
needs to be provided.)

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Design two mathematical

bumper stickers, one funny,
one serious.

Why do we need
proofs in
mathematics?

Write WHO, WHAT,

WHERE, WHEN,
WHY, and HOW across
the top of your page.
based on today's class.

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is...

Why is it
necessary...?

Describe the graph

of...as if you were
explaining it to a friend
over the phone.

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Response is coherent and well structured. Ideas are

communicated clearly. Math topics clearly

Response is coherent and adequately structured.

communicated fairly well.

Ideas are