school journals

arandygailOctober 25, 2002

My daughter is in second grade. In her class they do a daily writing journal where they have to write a paragraph on a topic of her choice. She often has difficulty coming up with a topic. Therefore, I am trying to develop a list of possible topics for her to consult when she is having trouble. I have found many lists of high-school related topics, but I can not find any that are good for elementary. Has anyone ever come across a list? or have any suggestions?

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FlowergirlDeb2

For second grade...how about her favorite food, color, friends, places, toys, movies, etc., and a breif "why" with them? Maybe she could write about a special time she had with a relative, or a vacation, a pet? Her favorite season, or "Why I like fall....", hope I helped get you started!:)

    Bookmark   October 26, 2002 at 12:55AM
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sadiesmom

Last weekend I....
My dream vacation is...
My favorite book was about....
I got a new pet...
I did a really cool thing the other day...
Today I learned (or want to learn)....
Today I am happy about....
Today I am sad about.....
If I could change something, I would change....
When I am a mom (dad) my rules will be....
I think I am going to be friends with______because....
I saw a good movie.....
Did you know......
____________has a new baby in their family......
My goal for tomorrow (next week, month, etc)....
I am so excited about......
When I am 10, I want to....
I am worried about.....
The person I admire most is....
The nice thing I am going to do for my brother (sister, mom, etc,) is...
When I grow up......
I think being a grown up is cool because...
I think being a kid is cool because.....
I wish my teacher would teach us about....
I remember when....
I wish ______wouldn't have moved away because...
My favorite animal at the zoo is.....
I felt really sorry for my friend when.....
My favorite old person is.....
I am good at....
I am not so good at.....
The thing that makes me really mad is....
My favorite birthday was when I turned....

    Bookmark   October 26, 2002 at 1:34AM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Students write best about what they know. So make a list of things she knows about--her favorite ball game--how to play it, recess game, dessert, grandma, song. What her room looks like, what she likes on TV, what she wouold eat for her meal of favorite foods, what her brother or sister is like.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2002 at 2:45AM
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FlowergirlDeb2

Have any of these helped??:) Just wanting an update, how is she doing with her journal?

    Bookmark   October 28, 2002 at 11:19PM
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arandygail

Thanks for all of your help. I printed your responses and my daughter highlighted those that interested her. She put them in her writing folder for those time when she has writer's block.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2002 at 5:28AM
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FlowergirlDeb2

Great!! Glad we could help!:)

    Bookmark   November 2, 2002 at 12:46AM
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jimbofadal

I had to do the same when I was in second grade. One day my teacher asked me how many cousins I had because it was always "my cousin's" birthday party.
Jimbo

    Bookmark   November 4, 2002 at 7:10PM
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