JUMP: Journal for Understanding Mathematical Principles is a series of student math journals designed specifically to address the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The teacher-authors have analyzed and interpreted each Common Core State Standard for Mathematics to provide journal prompts that reflect what students need to know and be able to do at each grade level. Each edition also includes prompts for content vocabulary terms that are essential to understanding mathematical concepts at each grade level.
JUMP deepens students' understanding of mathematical concepts while reinforcing critical processes and proficiencies outlined in the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice. JUMP asks students to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct arguments and critique their work and the work of others, model with mathematics, and use mathematical tools.
JUMP can be used in a variety of settings including whole group instruction, small group instruction, peer learning teams, partners, or individual learning. JUMP can be used for a variety of purposes including pre-assessment, formative assessment, summative assessment, guided practice, independent practice, homework, enrichment, intervention, evidence for parent/teacher conferences, or evidence for portfolios. JUMP can be used by a variety of educators including general education teachers, special education teachers, teachers of English language learners, math resource teachers, summer school teachers, intervention teachers, or tutors. And, again, JUMP will complement ANY textbook or curriculum.
The JUMP Student Editions are scaffolded from primary to upper grades. In Grades 1-3, Signal Words are written in color in the prompt to alert students that a task must be performed. These words also are included in corresponding color-coded response boxes. In Grades 4-5, Signal Words™ are written in color in the prompt and there are color-coded response boxes, but at these grade levels the Signal Words™ are not included in the boxes.
The JUMP Teacher's Guides for each grade level are sold separately. The Teacher's Guide contains tips and general directions for using the journals. Also included are full copies of the student journal pages and helpful scoring guides. To assist teachers with lesson planning, the specific Domain, Cluster, and Standard being addressed are also provided for each prompt.
The authors of JUMP are veteran teachers who collectively have more than 60 years of teaching experience. They bring their knowledge of curriculum and instruction along with their compassion for children and have created a product that will have your students understanding and talking and writing about mathematics.