August 5, 2013

Monday Made it: Shared Journals

I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for another week of Monday Made it!
First up, I found these super cute pencil holders in the Target dollar spot. The colors are just perfect, so I  grabbed a couple of them. As soon as I got home I whipped up these labels, laminated them & hot glued them to the holders. done. & I'm in love!

My second little project is my shared journals.  After seeing a few of these last summer in the teacher blog world I fell in love with the idea. I used them in my classroom last year and they were a hit with my students.  The idea is that anyone can write in these journals and anyone can read them.  My kiddos love sharing their stories and love reading what their friends have written as well.  I grabbed some of these colorful composition books from Target (for 50 cents each!) and created these labels to go on each book. Then, I modge podged them right onto the notebooks.   I love the way these turned out! You can get yourself a free set of the labels here

My third "made it" is my Number of the Day pack.  I use this Number of the Day workbook as a part of our morning routine each day.  You can read more about it here or get the pack for yourself here.

Now I'm off to check out more great ideas!
 Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. This looks great! I've been thinking about the shared journals.....I may do these this year too. Yours look great!

    Sweet n Sassy in 2nd

    1. Thank you! You should! My kiddos loved them last year!

  2. Really colorful! I love it!

  3. I love how colorful everything is. Great job!

    Hooty's Homeroom

  4. Shared Journals is a great idea! I used to do them way back many year ago and they were wonderful - thanks for the reminder to start them up again!
    Whimsy Workshop

    1. My students and I both loved them last year - I'm hoping it's the same this year!

  5. I picked up those little containers at Target...wasn't sure what to do with them (just know I needed them), now I know. Thanks!!

    Terri Izatt

    1. I just couldn't pass them up when I saw them. I'm thinking of going back for more maybe to hold sticks with names/numbers on them.

  6. I can't wait to do shared journals! You make it sounds super easy. I've only seen upper grades do it. If your kids can do it in second grade I'm sure but firsties will be able to handle it too! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Rambling About Reading

    1. It is super easy! After I explained the purpose, students could grab them as early finishers or during writing workshop. Some grabbed them to write and some grabbed them to read.

  7. I really like the share journal idea. I have seen various versions on Pinterest and have been thinking about doing one myself. Thanks for sharing.


  8. *oh my gosh* I LOOOOVVVEEE this idea!!! What a great "I'm done, now what?" fast-finishers activity as well. I'm totally having a set in my classroom this year...too stinkin' cute.

    Thank you so much for sharing this as a freebie :)

    Fun With Firsties

  9. Thank you for the freebie labels! Perfect!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  10. The shared journals are so cute -- I like the idea of early finishers working on them. I have always seen them as a center. I haven't tried them yet - but I think this is the year to do so!

    I am your newest follower -- I also teach second grade!

    Bitty Bilinguals

  11. Thank you for the shared journal labels! So colorful and a great idea for early finishers!

  12. The shared journal labels are so cute, great idea. I am your newest follower.

    The First Grade Princess


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