Journals Through the Year

I love doing journals in my classroom!  Everyday, we write in our journals for 30 minutes {plus writing in Daily 5, plus writer's workshop}.  At the beginning of the year, I ask that they write 2 sentences and now they are up to 10 sentences! They just have so much to say!  I let my students pick whatever they want to write about and the choice really helps them.  Here's an example:

I've made a packet of journal covers and journal writing pages!  
It's a steal of a deal and available in my TpT store now! :)  

This packet gives you everything you need to make writing journals for your students.  These journals are perfect for Work on Writing during Daily 5!

This packet includes:

12 themed journal covers {one for each month}
*August- School themed
*September- Apple themed
*October- Halloween themed
*November- Thanksgiving themed
*December-Christmas themed
*January- Snowman themed
*February- Valentine's Day themed
*March- St. Patty's Day themed
*April- Rain themed
*May- Bug themed
*June- Picnic themed
*July- American themed

5 Non-holiday journal covers {in case your school does not allow holiday celebrations}
*Cowboy themed
*Cooking themed
*Pirate themed
*Rockstar themed
*Zoo themed

21 different options for journal pages
*Handwriting lines
*Regular lines

Journal Prompts
*over 50 journal prompts
*Journal Prompt Cover

Journal Share
*Journal share rubric

There are 21 journal writing pages, but I couldn't fit them all in the preview! :)

For more journal ideas click {here}.

I couldn't help but tell you how many days I have left.....  24!?!?!?!?!?!?! {That's for you, Hadar}

Are you feeling sorry for me?


Jennifer said...

This looks fantastic!!

The First Grade Dream

She Said G Said said...

Cute cutie cute! Love the lights boarder for December.

Sprinkle Teaching Magic

Katie said...

Writing is definitely one of the areas I need to improve with my teaching next year; journals are a great idea! I don't know if I could survive 24 more days...... eek! HaHa

Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

Lisa R. said...

I have to say I do feel sorry for you! Hang in there!! I love your journal pack. It looks great!!

Learning Is Something to Treasure

EveryNewBeginning said...

Love the writing ideas! We just got out of school (thank goodness!). Can't imagine having that many days left!

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Erica Bohrer said...

Can you tell I spend my Friday nights partying, too?

Very cute journals!

SiskiyouSue said...

Today was my last day!!! Hurray! Honestly I did not expect to feel this way because it has been such a nice year, but in after last weekend's graduation the rest of the kids could hardly stand to be in school... It's rainy and cold and does not seem much like summer, but I should be able to enjoy my craft room lots. Sorry you have to wait a bit more, but it'll be worth it, and you can feel sorry for me when we start up again on Aug. 20.

Miss Kindergarten said...

HAHA!! I'm actually at a party (very rare!) but I had to come check these out! 24!!! That's great! Way closer than 40! Lol. Love you soul sista!!!

Annie Moffatt said...

These look AWESOME, Rachelle! And YES...I do feel sorry for you!! 24 days is a LOT!! Hugs to you sweet friend!

Eileen Griffin said...

These look great! They are on my wish list! I have 3 weeks left with my kiddos and God knows I love my work, but I am ready for summer.
Eileen Griffin
Second Grade Sunshine

Amanda said...

You are amazing, sweet friend! This looks absolutely fabulous! :)

Jessica Stanford said...

Looks amaaaaaaaaaaaazing! and I do feel sorry for you! but I'll be working this summer for our readiness program, so you can feel sorry for me then hehe

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MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

I feel you!! School goes until the 21st of June over here!!

Mrs. G said...

I have a question for you! You said you journal for 30 minutes. Does it take them the whole 30 minutes to write 2-10 sentences and draw the pictures?

Michelle Hudgeons said...

Please share your secret on how you get them motivated for journal writing!!!
These will definitely be on my wish list for next year!
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Miss Trayers said...

I also love seeing the growth the kiddos can make. I sit down with them and we reflect on how they wrote in the beginning and their writing now. They literally say "I didn't write that!" when they look at September. They've just come so far!


Rachelle said...

@Mrs. G-

At the beginning of the year, it takes them about 15 minutes! If they are a fast finisher, they get out a marker board and practice writing their spelling words.

When they are finished, they bring me their journal and read it to me. I find something in their journal that they need to work on {punctuation, sight words, etc}, I circle it, and they go and fix it. They come back up and if it's fixed, they get a smiley face. They lloooooovvveeee reading their journals to me! Then, we we are all done, I pick out a few students to share their journals with the class. It's very rewarding! :)

Right now, it takes them the full 30 minutes to finish up their journals! Writing 6-10 sentences in great handwriting with a picture that has at least 6 colors, takes some time. They even self-edit their journals before they bring them up and they can have a friend read it to make sure it makes sense. And if they finish early, they write their spelling words.

Traci said...

I am feeling sorry for you.

So sorry.

Hang in there.

The journals are fabulous. I love that you have your kiddos write everyday!
❤Dragonflies in First ❤

Erin Eberhart said...

I love this unit. YOU seriously are so inspiring and on top of it! I cannot believe you have that many days left of school. I thought us ending at the end of May was bad! Hang in there...sending big hugs your way! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful creativity!
Eberhart’s Explorers

Sallie Neal said...

Yes, definitely tell yes how you get them motivated to write in their journals?!?!? When we do writing activities there is no problem, but journal writing is not their favorite activity. I use notebooks (because we are allowed only so much paper a year!)and I write a prompt. I'd like to get input from other teachers on how they motivate their kids to do journals!

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CarolP said...

Looks great- the journals are saved in my wishlist at TPT. I'll definitely be buying them & start using them at the beginning of the year. I haven't bought them yet because we only have 3 1/2 days this week :-) Sorry you have so long!

Kinder Fun said...

HOW CUTE!! L>>O>>V>>E!!

Miss Claire said...

LOVE the journal prompt idea!! I was one of those kids who never knew what to write about, and it always bummed me out... how great to have somewhere for those kids to start!

I love your blog, btw. :)

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