I love writing in journals. I love that you can add foldables. I love that you can go back and see your accomplishments and review what you learned the week or month before. I love that it eliminates paper clutter. So, I wanted to share with you how I am setting up our class journals this year.
We will be using five, yes five, journals in my class.
- Morning Work
Start with a class set of notebooks. I have always used spirals, but the pages tear out so easily! I love that composition notebooks are more like books. They are sturdier and our school supply list asks for them, so that is what we will be using this year!
You will need duck tape and matching ribbon. You will also need clear contact paper or mod podge.
- Place a strip of duck tape to the spine of the notebook. This makes it easily recognizable when they are in student desks. Our reading notebooks will have red spines.
- Guide students through setting up pages A-E and numbering the pages up to a number, I think we will number up to 10 to start.
- Allow students time to personalize their notebook covers.
- After school place clear contact paper over the cover to protect the student's artwork and to make the front cover sturdier.
Here is my semi-personalized journal cover. I am going to let my students use stickers, construction paper, markers, crayons, etc. to decorate their front cover. After school, I will cover each with clear contact paper. To me that is easier than mod podge, but that is up to you! Here are a few other examples:
I don't want magazine pictures or things like that on our notebooks, so we won't have that option.
This is what the first few pages will look like. Notice that the first pages are marked with letters and the numbered pages don't start until after the Table of Contents.
|This will be for grading purposes. It will help us keep track of the grades they earned on their journal entries.|
|We will be keeping a Table of Contents as we add to the journal.|
|I want to reserve plenty of space for the Table of Contents.|
I know that some teachers have their students glue a table of contents onto these pages. That way they just have to fill it out, but I think we can manage this.
|Then we will start numbering the pages in the upper outer corners. We need to leave room under the numbers for the date.|
I am hoping to post pictures of my student's journals after our first week of school. I can't wait to see how they turn out!