Year End Math Memories—The Important Book

The Important Book*, by Margaret Wise Brown, has long been a favorite of mine. Each page features a poem about an ordinary item, and the poems follow a set format. I like to read several of the poems from the book to the students and ask them to try to figure out the structure. 

Because of the structure, it’s easy for students to write their own Important poems. I have used this book to have students write poems in nearly all content areas (the important thing about fractions, the important thing about erosion, etc.), but one of my favorite uses is to create a year-end book of math memories. Each student writes a poem about their most memorable topic in math and creates a page in the book. Bind it when it’s done, and you have a wonderful memory book you’ll treasure for years to come. It also becomes a great resource for future classes to read because of all the great math it contains!

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The poems are easy enough to create by just giving the students the format and blank paper, but if you’d like a cute cover and bordered paper, grab my The Important Thing About Math Year-End Poetry Book unit.

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    1. Glad you’ll be there, Joanne! It’s going to be a great conference. Be sure to come say hi to me. 🙂

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