One of the things on the rotation slide is Journal.
and sometimes it’s a journal response to something we’ve been learning about or something that goes along with our theme for the week.
Ok, so I DO grade it, but just in the sense of “Did you do enough or your best effort??” I mean, you have to give effort, right?
When I taught First grade, I made our journals out of the storybook paper for each month.
But in Second grade, they don’t need to start off writing so big, so I can use regular composition notebooks. So instead of making covers for the front of the big journals I used in 1st grade, I made these composition notebook tabs for each month.
Same concept… they color the cover and cut it out (with the tab attached still) and glue it on the page that starts the month.
You can see how the tabs are spaced out so you can see each month.
What do I have my kids write about???
There’s a set for each season and a Fun and Nonfiction theme.
Here’s what each set contains:
There are thematic writing papers included, but I also have my students write in their journals – these writing papers I use when we are going to be hanging them up and showcasing their work.