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Have Journal...Will Travel: Promoting Family Involvement in Literacy

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Have Journal...Will Travel: Promoting Family Involvement in Literacy

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time 5-7 minutes per session
Lesson Author

Devon Hamner

Devon Hamner

Grand Island, Nebraska


National Council of Teachers of English


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  • Choose your mascot.
    Each year I choose a different mascot for our class. Past choices included a koala bear that we called Koala Lou, a bunny named Peter Rabbit, a teddy bear named Timothy Bear, Sesame Street characters, and Blue from Blue’s Clues. This year’s choice is a cute little yellow duck named Ducky Lucky.

  • Obtain supplies for the bag.
    After choosing your mascot, purchase the stuffed toy, book bag, and a journal with a clear plastic cover. Assemble colored pencils, crayons, neon crayons, markers, pencils and pens in a plastic bag. Three-hole punch paper for the journal entries and add to the journal.

  • Choose your topic and book for the first rotation.
    After choosing the topic, carefully choose an engaging book for the families to share, plan your follow-up activity for them to discuss and write about in the journal. (I try to choose a book that fits the journal prompt; for example: "The Kissing Hand" when asking families to write about their child starting school.)

  • Write your letter that will go in the front clear pocket of the journal.
    In your letter, introduce your mascot and the procedure for having this special friend come to their homes for an overnight visit.

  • Choose how you will do your rotation: drawing names, alphabetical order, or some other order.

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