Grade 1 is the year that shows so much growth in children's literacy skills, so I enjoy doing this writing activity that lasts the whole year through.
At the beginning of the year, students colour and fill out the graphic organizer "All About Me" (describing who they are, what they like, and what they wish to learn).
There is a writing page that states "Here I am on the first day of Grade 1" (which children write about themselves on the first day of school.
Then, each month, have students write about themselves, as well as what they have learned. Eventually at the end of the school year, you will have collected a page of writing for each month, showing how much each child has progressed over the course of the year.
Additionally, there is a title page for students to decorate and include at the beginning of their writing journal.
Parents love receiving this at the end of the year, as do students!