Reading and Reflecting on Migration Updates
to Use the Journal Page in Your Classroom
1. In the left-hand column of the journal page, students write an excerpt from the Migration Update. The excerpt should be one that sparked their interest! You may also ask them to choose an excerpt — a sentence or paragraph — they would like the class to talk about together.
2. In the right-hand column of the page, students write their thoughts about the excerpts selected. Encourage them to include discoveries, opinions, questions, predictions, and connections.
For students who are new to journaling and reflective response, use questions to facilitate their work:
Sentence starters are also a way to help students collect their thoughts:
3. Share these journal reflections in small groups or as a class.
4. Build a booklet throughout the season. Invite students to collate journal pages into a booklet.
Assessment note: You and students can also use the journal pages to assess their emerging understanding. Read student reflections together and discuss their thinking. Or collect the booklet or pages periodically and use Post-it Notes for your comments.