I’ve been known to use lots of gimmicky things to get kids to write in their notebooks. For instance, I’ll create mini-charts (aka: cheat sheets) of the large strategy charts I have hanging in the classroom. Then, I’ll have the kids tape them into their writer’s notebook to help them get started or to assist them when they’re at home.
Just a few minutes ago I thought of another gimmick that might get kids to start keeping lists in their notebooks. I created labels (Avery 8257, which are 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ white labels with 30 labels/page so you get a lot of bang for your buck!) that say things like “Things I Wonder About List…,” “My Concerns About the World List…,” and a label for a “Things I Can Write About List…” I’m thinking that I can have kids reserve a couple of pages in their writer’s notebooks just for these lists. And the labels… well those will be the headers at the top of the page.
Click on the link below to use the “template” I created.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.