Literacy Journals: Reading Literature Bundle for 1st and 2nd Grade

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Do you constantly hear questions like “How are you monitoring student achievement?”
Do you have evidence of what you’re teaching in your classroom? What student samples do you have?
Would you like to have student work gathered in a book, instead of piles scattered around your classroom?
Are your current portfolios an accurate representation of student progress? Or is it a few writing samples and completed work that you happened to throw in a “file”?
What do your parent-teacher conferences look like? Do you have examples of student performance, or just a few random scores that are not meaningful for parents?
ENTER: Interactive Notebooks!!! (or exercise books or Interactive Journals...there are so many different titles these days)

I stumbled across this concept in 2005 when I started teaching in England. It took awhile (because I didn’t know what I was doing at first), but once I got going, I LOVED IT AND WON’T TEACH WITHOUT IT NOW! I only wish someone would have explained it to me and given me more resources.

So..... what is it?

All independent work is recorded directly into notebooks, or if done on a worksheet, work is glued into the notebooks.


For more about the ‘How to’, check out my manual *How to Use K-2 Journals here*

So what is in these resources?

Exactly what you need to PRINT & GO.

The objective and brief directions are at the top of each page and then printables that will save you so much time and paper. These ARE NOT worksheets. These resources are graphic organizer titles, activities that children will cut/mix up/use dice with/glue/etc and ideas for you! These are designed for notebooks that are 8 1/2 x 11 journals....if yours are smaller you will need to reduce when copying to fit your books.

What I hope you will enjoy most is the DIFFERENTIATION I’ve included for you. I know that we have students that are behind, on-level or advanced. My resources are layered as much as possible (that’s why there’s so many pages!!) so that you have choices for your students. There is no reason they should all be doing the same thing when they are at different levels. Gotta love differentiated activities!


I’ve included pictures of many of the actual journal pages completed at the end of each pack (I’ve noticed that some of my early packs don’t have this, so I’m trying to go back and add this). I know I’m a visual person, and I love seeing picture examples rather than reading about it.

I also update my resources as time goes by, so you will probably get TPT emails now and then that say to redownload something because I’ve updated it.

Well that’s about it. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email me at I LOVE talking about journals and will talk about it with anyone and everyone (what is wrong with me?!) basically there is no question too big or too small. It changed my teaching practices tremendously and I would love it to change yours too!!


Fonts are not too funky for young children : )

Included in this 86-page bundle for RL (Reading Literature) for First and Second Grade (Common Core aligned):

-activities for every standard
-many options for activities (differentiated)
-bonus kindergarten printables in RL.1.2.3 for below level first and second graders
-pictures of examples in journals

Fonts & Frames Credit:
Hello Fonts by Jen Jones
Kevin and Amanda
KG Fonts-Kimberly Geswein
Sweet Fonts-Sweet Times in First
Header Frames-Mad Clips Factory
Skinny Frames-Mr Magician

DON'T FORGET to leave feedback for TPT credit on future purchases : )

All the best,

***RL.1,2,3 ONLY AVAILABLE here***

***RL.4,5,6 ONLY AVAILABLE here***

***RL.7,8,9,10 ONLY AVAILABLE here***
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Literacy Journals: Reading Literature Bundle for 1st and 2
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Literacy Journals: Reading Literature Bundle for 1st and 2
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