Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My Alphabet Journals: Writing from A to Z

Alphabet Journals are a fun way to engage early writers. Decode, illustrate, write and repeat.
Thinking of new and fun ways to get kindergartners to write can be challenging.  I have word lists, topic cards, books, and a dozen other ideas for topics.  In spite of that, I hear:

What can I write about?

UGH!  This is one way to curb the "I don't know what to write about blues."  These alphabet journals combine decoding, illustrating and writing in a way that can be completely individualized.

I have always suggested teachers use the sound chart as a topic chart for writing, but whe I sat down to make a journal for that, I decided I could make the journal decodable.

4 Easy Steps

Alphabet Journals are a fun way to engage early writers. Decode, illustrate, write and repeat.

1.  Decode.

Each page has a decodable picture.  MOST pages are cvc words (dig for d, log for l, pan for p).  The highlighted initial letter keeps the journal is alphabetical order.  Of course, the vowels were tricky.  I have 2 options for each of the vowels.  Option #1 has a cvc word with the vowel highlighted in the middle.  Option #2 is a two-letter or three-letter word starting with the vowel (ant for a and up for you).
Alphabet Journals are a fun way to engage early writers. Decode, illustrate, write and repeat.

2. Illustrate.

If you want a good story, give your students time to make a good illustration.  Each page includes a clip art picture for the decodable word.  Students will complete the picture.  The picture above shows a boy digging on a construction site.  Another student used the same picture to draw a garden scene and a third student drew a the boy digging with a pirate flag in the picture.
Alphabet Journals are a fun way to engage early writers. Decode, illustrate, write and repeat.

3.  Write.

Of course, this is the goal.  Students have to write about their picture.  The more detail in the picture, the more detail in the writing.  "The gum is in the gum shop. The gum is mine.  The gum is different colors. The gum comes out."
Alphabet Journals are a fun way to engage early writers. Decode, illustrate, write and repeat.

4. Repeat.

Students can use this journal to create a book of stories.  

If you'd like a FREEBIE sample of this set, feel free to click on the picture below or CLICK HERE
If you would like to visit my TPT store and check out Alphabet Journals, click the picture below or CLICK HERE.  There is also a Set 2.


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