Thursday, August 30, 2012

Reading Response Journal freebies

Hello friends! I've been transitioning my class intro responding more to their reading. Have you noticed how big this is in Common Core? Our testing is even changing to include more responding in writing and not with multiple choice.

So I made a reading response journal for each of my kiddos. Sorry for the glare. Still using my cell phone as my camera is being repaired (hopefully!).

I've added these owl labels to the owl label freebies in my TPT store.
Click here to grab them.  I've also added a few more labels too. I just can't remember right now which ones are new and which ones I already had in the pack. Excuse my exhausted teacher brain!

 This is what I decided to do in the journal. I took a couple of questions from Treasures or made my own up for each story. I had the kids paste the responses in the journals and write a response in a complete sentence. At this point in the year, I am happy with one sentence and we did most of it together. I plan on releasing the responsibility to them next week.

We did one prompt on Wednesday and one on Thursday after reading the story together for two days. I wanted them to be really familiar with the story before I threw a writing response at them. 

For all you second grade Treasures teachers, I am offering you the prompts for Unit1 for free. If you grab them, I would love it if you leave me a comment or at least follow my blog.

This is a sample from "Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea." 

Well, I hope you all have a fabulous Friday. I am really looking forward to a long weekend. I am exhausted and it's only the 3rd week of school.  Coffee has been my friend this week. 


  1. Thanks for the journal prompts! Looking forward to the rest of the units!

  2. I use notebooks for reading response journals too. I love to have my students write in response to what they have read.
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. You are amazing! Thank you so much! I am overwhelmed with all the changes and Common Core. I want to make sure that I am am asking those HOT questions and get the students to respond more to the text. As always Thank you!

  4. We use reading response journals too. I like how the students "collect" their reading thoughts. We also add "models" of good responses. But I am not crazy about trying to read them all at school or carting them all home! I am also always thinking about what I send home for parents to see and what I keep at school. So... as you use these more I will be interested to read about your thoughts on these 2 issues. :-)

  5. Oh...the joys of Common Core! I too use reading journals! I MODEL, MODEL, and Model more before releasing responsibility! It's amazing how their writing responses mature and develop through the year! THANKS FOR THE PROMPTS! Stop by anytime. SMILES

  6. Love these! We do a lot of short and written responses in Reading, Science, and Social Studies. I am printing them now and will use them today!


  7. I LOVE this idea and will start using them next week! Thanks : )

  8. I love having writing prompts to glue into a response journal!

    Enjoy your long weekend, and get lots of relaxing rest! I mean, I know you'll work a little because teachers always do, but try to enjoy the small break!

    Peacocks & Penguins

  9. Thanks you for the great reading response questions. I am going to start using them next week!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  10. I love this idea!! Thanks for sharing! I will start using them next week.

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  11. I was thinking of putting my prompts on strips and gluing them in you just confirmed it for me. Now I have something to add to my weekend to do list.It's good to blog hop. You learn without even talking to anyone.

  12. So cute!! And I love owls :)


  13. Thank you so much for the journal prompt freebies! This is my 3rd year teaching but my first time teaching 2nd grade and it is tough getting to know a new curriculum. This will save me so much time! Thanks again -Abby

  14. I love your blog. I have found some great ideas to use with my class. Im your newest follower.
    Flying Into First Grade

  15. Thank you so much for the journal prompts!! I too teach Treasures, and I've struggeld with how to integrate writing into reading. I will definately use these!!

  16. Hi Courtney! I just love these journal prompts and have been using them all year. Is there a place I can buy all units 3-6? I would like to continue using them but I cannot find them on your TPT site or here. Thanks!!

    1. Hi! I don't have them for sale. I have unit 3 on my blog. You can just click on reading response on the side bar to find them. I will add 4-6 when I get them finished.


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