Notebooks, Reports and Journals
Create interesting notebooks, reports or journals according to theme.
Traditionally, notebooks, journals and reports have been stapled along the spine or assembled with ribbon and yarn (See Main Photos). These versatile die-cut books present a fun, fresh look to report writing. They can support writing exercises in all major subject areas and current events. The students may be prompted to share thoughts on any genre, reflect on mathematical processes, explore social circumstances or pursue scientific investigations. Encourage students to explore library resources and develop research-based writing. Second language learners can relate to given themes to develop writing skills. Through these books, the teacher can develop a unique classroom library featuring students as authors.
Collect notebooks or journals periodically for positive comments and feedbacks. Allow students to exchange with partners to help develop ideas and share insight. Challenge students to keep daily journals or logs to document progress in any subject area across curriculum.
Conduct research, take notes and present findings in creative journals or reports for any subject area across curriculum.
Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Double-Sided Tape, Glue, String, Fishing Line, Stapler
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Fold a piece of paper in half that is twice as long as the design to be cut (Figure A).
- Place the folded edge of the paper just INSIDE the cutting edge on the top of the die (Figure B) or the side of the die (Figure C).
- Staple along the fold to secure pages in place (Figure D).
- Create journals and books according to theme as desired (See Main Photos).
- Figure A
- Figure B
- Figure C
- Figure D
English Language Arts: Communication Strategies
K-12: Standard 5
- Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
English Language Arts: Developing Research Skills
K-12: Standard 8
- Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
Standards for the English Language Arts, by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, Copyright 1996 by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.