I have fallen in love with Class Journals!
If you're not using class journals yet, now is the time to get started! All you need is this set of journal covers, blank notebooks or composition books, and a glue stick to get your class writing like you wouldn't believe!
My class journals are perfect during your literacy time, Daily 5, centers, and even to take home for homework if you would like. They provide your students with CHOICE during their writing time while also giving them structure as they write creatively across many different genres of text.
Here's how it works:
1. Glue on each of the 13 different writing prompts and genres to the front cover of a blank notebook (I use a smaller composition book for my 2nd graders).
2. On the inside front cover, glue on the "Authors" page. Each time a student chooses to write in that notebook, they will add their name to the list of authors.
3. Teach your students how to self-select their journals, write their name on the Authors page, start their writing on the next blank page available, write their name and date at the top of the page, and then write to their heart's content.
I like to use the same journals for a few months so every student has an opportunity to write in as many journals as they choose. Then, I will make a whole new set of journals with new, exciting prompts and repeat the process. My students love the novel ideas and I love the simple and consistent system that provides such a great writing experience for my class.
At the end of the year, the students use their Wildcat WOW's (our school currency) to buy the journal they want to take home to keep. Or, I just give them away so each child gets to take one anthology home. They love seeing their own writing as well as those of their classmates!
The Winter Edition prompts are:
Informative - How to decorate a Christmas Tree
Opinion - Would a penguin make a good pet?
Fictional Narrative - President for a day
Friendly Letter - Write a letter to a Christmas Elf
Personal Narrative - My best present ever!
Make a List - What do you love?
Informative - How to make hot chocolate
Fictional Narrative - It's a Snow Day!
Opinion - Would you rather play in the ocean or the snow?
Poetry - Write an acrostic (or original) poem about winter
Fictional Narrative - What do snowmen do at night?
Informative - MORE Mount Rushmore: Who should we add?
Make a List - List ways to have a healthy heart
I currently have Class Journals for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Anytime that are ready to put together and use for months with minimal work by YOU!
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
Leila ~ Teach at the Beach