Enclosed are pages that can be used to create a class writing book or journal in both pages (for mac) and microsoft word versions. Simply print out the writing pages appropriate to your grade level. This is a great way to promote better writing for your students. I chose Teddy but you can use anything you want. My students love this and are alway eager to write. I usually do the first page with the children together after a trip. I also included an alphabet chart and word wall with pictures that I like to send home in the binder. It's especially helpful for younger, struggling, and ELL writers.
This is how you use it:
Pick a Mascot either give it a name or let the children name it. I like to go to Build a Bear when they have a sale.
Place the cover in a binder with a clear sleeve cover
Print out blank pages for your book and parent letters (included are both English and
Spanish versions of this letter, and Foundations Support pages.
Send home with one child at a time, I prefer to send it home with stronger writers first, it allows parents to have an idea of what the writing levels in the classroom are.
At the end of the year make copies of the book for every child to have.
I also use it for behavior management, that the mascot is watching and choosing who to go home with. Then at the end of the year I raffle off the mascot. Every time a child is doing the right thing they get a raffle ticket to put in the jar.
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