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Journal Writing Ideas

Journal Writing Ideas

Looking for unique journal writing ideas?
Are your students stumped for daily journal entries?
Need inspiration?

Here are some suggestions to spark young students’ imaginations and develop essential writing skills.

Ready? Set? Start Writing!

  • If I could be an animal, I would be…
  • A singer I really like is…
  • I am very good at…
  • I wish I could be invisible for a day. I would…
  • When I grow up I would like to be…
  • My favorite book is…
  • If I could be anyone else in the world I would be…
  • Children should be allowed to…
  • If I could turn into a cartoon character, I would be…
  • My favorite toy is…
  • One day I couldn’t stop laughing because…
  • A movie character I would like to meet and play with is…
  • If I were an astronaut, the planet I would visit is…
  • If I had a million dollars, I would…
  • All the things that scare me are…
  • If I could travel back or forward in time, I would…
  • A gadget that I would like to invent is…
  • A question I’ve always wondered about is…
  • If there were no televisions, video games, or Internet I would…
  • If I was a giant for a day…
  • If I was tiny for a day…
  • A wild animal that I would like as a pet is…
  • If I could live in a jungle, desert, beach, mountain, or city I would choose…
  • I would like to live in the time of dinosaurs because…
  • The superpower I would like to have is…
  • A crazy kind of sandwich I would like to make would be…
  • A toy I would like to talk to is…
  • After school every day, my favorite thing to do is…
  • My favorite funny joke is…
  • If I lived in the ocean, I would be a…
  • All the foods I don’t like are…
  • A dream I had one night was…
  • If a genie gave me three wishes, I would…
  • When I see a rainbow, I…
  • If I got stuck in a grocery store overnight, I would…
  • My favorite restaurant is…
  • When my friends have a sleepover, we like to…

Journal Writing Using Google Docs or Microsoft Office

TechnoJournal is an all-new, just released journaling project to introduce young students to Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Included are ideas to integrate technology into other areas of the curriculum. Inspire students to get excited about writing!

Journal Writing Using Google Docs

TechnoJournal

Introduce G Suite for Education or Microsoft Word to primary students with TechnoJournal – the latest TechnoKids release. This new project was specifically designed for teachers using Google Docs for the first time with Grades 2 to 4. Using illustrated, step-by-step instructions, students create a daily journal and add fun clip art.

Journal Writing Activities

Students develop writing skills as they learn basic word processing tools. They begin by designing a journal cover. Three ‘daily’ journal entries teach students to:

  • describe a recent event
  • make a list of favorite things
  • cite personal wishes

The text on each journal page is formatted and pictures are added to produce an appealing, eye-catching booklet. Suggestions are made to share the journal with others. Optional extension activities include keyboarding review and sentence starters for additional journal entries.

Technology Integration

TechnoJournal

The journal writing project can be a personal diary or it can be integrated into a variety of curriculum areas. The three journal entries can be adapted many ways:

  • Field Trip – Reflect on a class trip by writing journal entries based on thoughts and experiences.
    1. Description of the trip
    2. Favorite things, parts, or activities done
    3. Wishes for future field trips
  • School – Write about the school, such as sports, extracurricular activities, special events, or issues.
    1. Description of the school, school event, sport, or activity
    2. Favorite things about the school
    3. Wishes for future changes to the school, playground or sports equipment needed, or suggested new activities offered
  • Special Interest Journal – Choose a personal area of interest and write journal entries limited to the topic, such as a video game, hobby, music, or sport.
    1. Description of the activity or interest
    2. Favorite features of the topic, reasons it is liked
    3. Wishes for future goals, improvements, or achievements
  • Novel Study – Play the role of a character in a novel study and write from the character’s point of view.
    1. Description of an event from the plot of the story
    2. Favorite things the character likes
    3. Wishes that the character might have
  • Social Studies – Write the journal from the viewpoint of a child living in a different time period or culture, such as Pioneers, Medieval Times, Ancient Egypt, or Viking era.
    1. Description of daily life
    2. Favorite things children of the culture liked, did, played, wore, or ate
    3. Wishes children of the culture might have
  • Science – Write the journal restricted to an area of study, such as environmental conservation, plant or animal studies, rocks and minerals, or space.
    1. Description of a specific part of the subject
    2. Favorite things about the subject, favorite new facts learned
    3. Wishes for future learning, ideas to improve a problem, or facts about topic