Our district recently started a thing where every student had to keep a journal. In PK it was decided to use the journal for science. At first, I thought, "Really??" But, then after thinking about it, I decided that it was a good idea. So for each science lesson, we came up with an activity that could go into the journal. Then, the students could keep this as a keepsake for their science learning in PK.
used composition notebooks which can be found at a lot of different
places. I bought some at the Dollar Tree for a buck. Of course, we just
had to make some very cute labels to go on our journals. Here is what
Debby came up with for our journals. And to help you get started on your
journals, we decided to make the labels free for our followers (or
is the front cover label that we used. It is in color so you don't have
to color anything. Just add names. I used Avery White Full Sheet Labels
to run off the labels. I just cut them apart and stuck them on the
front of the notebooks.
really wanted to make the science journals special and wanted them to
look like real books so we made a few more labels. We made a first page
label to name the journal. We made it in black and white so that the
students could make it their own by coloring it. I ran these off on
just regular paper and then glued them in using a glue stick. You can
use regular glue but it wrinkles the pages a bit. So I just use lots of
glue sticks. You can have your parent volunteers glue these in if you
are lucky enough to have some good helpers.
also made a Table of Contents page if you want to use those. I do have
to admit that I was kind of lazy getting these done. You can have your
students write in the names of the subjects. I used two pages of these
because I just put in the name of the subject such as Hot-Cold or
Magnets and listed all the pages. I didn't write in each activity. If
you use two pages, you will have 36 lines, one for each week of school.
I started making the activities that go into the journals, I realized
that I needed some way to keep unfinished work. Some of the activities
took me a week to get finished. So I made these labels to go onto a
snack sized plastic bag. I would just put in any unfinished work into
the bag and put it in the science journal. Then, there would be no
stress to get activities done all at once. This helped because my PKers
didn't have the longest attention span.