Friday Journals--kids write a note on Friday telling parents what they learned that week. The parents write a short response back to their child, and the child brings the notebook back Monday. Each parent response earns a sticker for the cover.
love this for the first week of school. Have kids interview each other, create a silhouette, and write a brief bio of their partner. Possibly have 2 writing samples one from beginning of year and one from the end?
This is a monthly scrapbook for the first grade year. On each page, students write about the given writing prompt and illustrate it. It is great to see your students' growth throughout the year. I mount each page on construction paper and laminate it.