"My students last year loved having whole class journals to write in. They had a chance to write in them during Work on Writing, and a chance to read them during Read to Self. I made up a new set of 8. At the moment they are pretty plain covers, but once a student writes in it they have the option of choosing a sticker from my collection to place on the front cover. The stickers show me how many kids have tackled each topic." said the person who made this.
Life... as I know it: Whole-Class Journaling -- FREE-- whole-class journal prompts (simply print and glue on a notebook): Love this idea. One per table (shared between both classes); each kid @ table responds to the same "get to know you"/"would your rather..." prompt throughout week; kids get to read each other's responses.