I absolutely LOVE using journals with students! My favourite part of getting my own kid’s portfolios at report card time is reading their journals! I enjoy reading their thoughts and ideas about what they were learning! With Earth Day just around the corner, why not use Earth Day journals with your students? Read below for DIY journals or choose the teacher time-saving option! Happy journaling!
How to Use Earth Day Journals
Step One: Provide students with a journal. A journal could be a blank notebook, a journal from the Dollar Store, or you could create a journal for students using the templates below.
Step Two: Give students a writing prompt or question that targets some aspect of Earth Day. Think of key ideas and concepts that you want students to know and ask them questions or give them sentence starters that promote journaling their understanding of these ideas.
Step Three: Allow students ample time to write down their thoughts and ideas. Encourage students to write down their thoughts and ideas and add any diagrams or drawings that add to their entry.
Step Four: Read journal entries to determine student understanding the Earth Day ideas. Consider making comments and asking questions to further the discussion of Earth Day.
DIY Earth Day Option
If you would like to create the journals yourself, CLICK on the image below to DOWNLOAD your copy of the Earth Day Journal cover and writing page templates. Two different covers are provided. Decide how often students will write in their Earth Day journal and create a list of journal prompts for students. Suggested journal prompt ideas are provided below:
Journal Prompt Ideas
- I think Earth Day is important because …
- I reduce, reuse, and recycle by …
- Our school could help the Earth by …
- If I was Mayor of our town/city I would …
- To celebrate Earth Day, we should …
Time-Saving Teacher Option
If you would like to save time, check out Earth Day Journal: 25 Journal Writing Prompts. Included in this package of materials are cut-and-paste journal prompts, along with cover pages and writing templates with space to paste the journal prompts. You could also consider using a notebook and have students paste in the journal prompt at the top of the page. Each journal prompt includes a couple of questions to get students thinking about the prompt.
Please take a minute and answer the following question in the comment section below: “How do you use journals during a unit on Earth Day?” Thanks!
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Until next time,