I’ve always loved using a journal jar. In the past, my journal jar consisted of topics written on strips of paper and stuck into a jar. Students could pick a slip, glue it to the top of their journal page, and write.
That was great except that I had to remember to replenish the jar. Even though it sounds easy, it was one more task to stay on top of.
A few weeks ago, while looking for a craft activity to make with tongue depressors (which alone is a weird thing to search for!). I found several blog postings featuring an “I’m Bored” jar with things to do printed on craft sticks. Would that work for my journal jar topics?
I was excited to find these colored craft sticks as well — no painted needed!
But, because I wanted to coordinate my journal jar, I decided to paint my sticks. Easy and quick. Once they were dry, I glued the writing prompt onto the sticks. A glue stick worked like a charm — better than liquid glue that makes the paper wrinkle.
When they were dry, I popped them in a jar! They are so cute! I love that the prompts are numbered so my students can keep track of which prompts they responded to.
If you’d like the 101 prompts I used, head on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store. All you have to do is print and glue to your own sticks. I’ve also included a rubric, labels for your jar, and student directions.
I love how these little sticks freshen up our writing time! Give it a try! I’d love to see what you come up with!
♥ Happiness always,