Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Looking For Some Classroom Fun And Organization? Try Using Journals!

We're back from our blogging hiatus! 

The beginning of the school year is always busy! Why after 20+ years are we still so buried?? I think it's because we are still adapting to new district adoptions and new technology. Another reason is there are so many fun and creative teaching activities and ideas on blogs, social media, and TPT and we want to try them all!! This year 2 of us are teaching first grade and 1 of us is teaching TK! Our classrooms are now in full swing and we want to share some of the excitement with you!

In our first grade classrooms we have several journals that our kids LOVE! We use them over and over throughout the school year.  Our firsties get so excited when it is their turn to take home the Lost Tooth Journal and the Birthday Journal to share with their families!

At the beginning of the year we do a super fun (and easy to prep) mini unit to introduce the Lost Tooth Journal. It includes a graph and directed draw.

Try to find a kid who isn't excited about their birthday! We introduce our Birthday Journal by making a birthday graph and choral reading a birthday poem.  This is our secret way to get our firsties to practice saying the months of the year!

We use A LOT of journals in our classrooms. They come in all different formats. We LOVE them because journals help to keep lessons and activities organized. We choose to bind our Daily Language Practice into a quarterly journal. However, they may also be given out daily or stapled into weekly packets.

Do you use journals in your classroom?  We would love to hear your ideas!