This journal bundle is incredibly large and has everything you need to give student journal writing ideas. Although I like when my kids write about something going on in their lives and truly journal everyday things, there are always those kids that never know what to write about. I always have a prompt OPTION for journals in my class and it has proven to work great in my class.
This journal bundle includes many prompts for each month (some have less than others, but usually those months are the ones with breaks in school, like December). It should give you enough prompts for days that you need journal writing in your whole year! September and May have many of the same prompts (because in my room I keep some of those "favorites" from September and I like to show students how they have changed throughout the year. Their work reflects it as well! :)
I have a variety of blank pages at the end. I always have blank pages in my classroom because I always allow my students the option of writing about anything if they do not really want to write about the daily prompt. These also help differentiate my classroom and some of my higher level writer's chose the pages with more lines and less space for pictures when they have a lot to tell. I also have a guide to the prompts at the beginning of each month. I do not use the prompts in the same order every year depending on what's happening in school (and the blank pages always give the option of making a prompt applicable to what's going on in your classroom; field trips, special days, etc.) That's why I like the guide to see what I want to pick and choose.
At the end of each month there are two pages that are always the same and describe what we have done that month and what their favorite part of that month was. It also has a page designed for them to either draw a picture of them that month or put a picture of them (taken) that month in. These pages could just be part of the journal that you assemble, but I actually make a separate book out of these that kids can reflect on at the end of the year, highlighting each months favorites.
These journals can be used a variety of ways: premade and assembled or assembled after each month. We assemble our journals after each month and have a journal folder, so that the papers stay together. This way students can choose what to write and how many pages they need are not pre-selected, giving them more flexibility for a wide range of fantastic primary writers. I hope you enjoy!
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