This freebie includes a color and black line version of “Take a Mental Snapshot” journal cover. These can be glued down on a composition or sketch book and placed in a common area where all students can sign up to use them. I have mine in the writing center and I have the sign-up sheet tapped down on the inside cover of the notebook. The sign-up was included to help manage these journals. They have become pretty popular in my class so having a sign-up works well! Finally, I included a boy and a girl version for girl and boys books. This gives the students a quicker turn around for writing a response by having two books available.
This was created to help students practice visualizing what they hear and form mental snapshots in their heads. This is also a useful tool for ESL students. They are able to communicate their thoughts through pictures. Students can then share their image when they are finished as a recap or a review of yesterdays events.