Your students will be so motivated to read and write with these fun journals. Each week, they write a letter to someone in their family and that person writes a letter back. There are 10 different options for student writing lines, a page for family members, and a front and back cover page. These make a wonderful parent keepsake at the end of the year.
My first graders are not independent writers at the beginning of the year, so I model letters for them for the first half of the year. If they are able to write on their own, I encourage them to do so. I have included a PowerPoint for you to display for shared writing. The PowerPoint includes timers and music to play as they copy the letter from the board or write their own.