Use your journal task cards EVERY DAY! We start on the very first day of school and we continue every day after. The students go to these task cards during guided reading time or when completed with their work. They may also be assigned this workstation on a workstation board. These cards are a great way to keep from asking, “What do I do now?”
1. Show them what you expect: I use one of their journal pages, write a journal task card, and illustrate it. I show it to them on the very first day of school. This is what I expect: good handwriting, finger spaces, sounding out words, and an illustration with details. As the year goes on, the number of expected sentences change as does the illustrations. By January, in 2nd grade, the students will no longer illustrate their writing unless it is indicated on the journal task card.
2. Students can use the task card log to keep track of the cards used. During workstations, have the students use a designated folder or binder to keep track of their writing. Keep the checklist in the front. When a student completes a task card, the student will put the date written in the appropriate box of the checklist.
3.Spot check up to 5 student folders each week: This will let them know they’re expected to complete these task cards with detail. If they don’t, they lose this privilege. There is a checklist for you to use in this packet (see preview).
4. Keep these folders handy. The students (and parents) LOVE seeing the progression of their writing and penmanship as the year goes on.
I hope you find this product to be useful. I’ve used it in my classroom for the past 6 years and all of the students LOVE it. There are 100 numbered tasked cards and a set of cards without numbers so you can remove or add cards as you’d like. There is also a blank template page for you to use in case you have more prompts you’d like to add.
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