Still trying to catch my breath after the crazy start to this school year, but I am excited to share a few tips on how we setup our Writer's Notebooks in class this year!
One of the first things we do is decorate the cover, both front and back. It's best of kiddos use pictures from magazines or photos printed on regular computer paper, as they stick to the composition notebooks better (photo paper can be too thick). I have had students bring in pictures to decorate on a Friday, or I have assigned it as homework over the course of a few days.
If you do decide to decorate in class, HERE is a copy of a letter I send to parents to help them help their child look for special pictures:
After they have their covers decorated, we share them in class. Depending on how much time you have, you can have them share 1-2 special pictures in Author's Chair, or you could have them do a gallery walk (or both!).
This year, I had my students set out their Writer's Notebooks at their table spots and we all got the chance to walk around and see them before they shared:
This worked beautifully, since all kids were eager to share with friends and share what they had added. You can see that some decorated both the front and back, and some only decorated the front-- up to them :)
Teacher Tip: To keep these intact all year long, I take some cheap, clear packing tape and run it across the covers, top to bottom, to cover the pictures. This will help the notebooks withstand the abuse they will receive on a daily basis ;)
Once our notebooks were decorated on the outside, I had them start to generate ideas on the inside. I found a wonderful resource from Nick at Sweet Rhyme & Pure Reason on TpT called 50 Things I Love:
|Click the picture above to be taken to this free resource on TpT!|
I hope these ideas helped get your students' Writer's Notebooks set up these first few weeks back!
Have a wonderful end to your week!