First Quarter Journal Prompts

I am very excited about what I’m about to share with you all.  I am doing a mash-up of Padlet, the CuBe of FaTe, and an idea from a first year teacher I worked with last year.

The photo below doesn’t show you the whole Padlet, but you can go here to access it.

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Directions for how I will use this in my own classroom during the first few weeks of school:

  1. Roll the CuBe of FaTe at the start of class.
  2. Pull up the corresponding prompt. (By column)
  3. Allow students time to write in their journals.
  4. Share/discuss/collect as appropriate.
  5. Keep track of each class with this printable PDF so you don’t repeat yourself.Screenshot 2016-08-21 at 2.56.12 PM

This activity is geared towards 8th graders, but may work with other grades or be used in different ways.  I’m just providing the Padlet for you to use. I’d love to hear any ideas or how it goes in your room if you try it!


5 responses

  1. Melanie, I love this idea! I teach 8th grade English Learners and it will be perfect for them. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    1. Glad you think it will be useful! Have a great school year!

  2. I love the idea of rolling the Cube of Fate to pick your journal prompts. Just curious…do you use Katie’s Team Challenge Cube? If so, I am looking for ideas for each category. I teach 6th grade and hope to implement both of these cubes this year.

    1. Yes. It is essentially the Team Challenge Cube.

      Mine is just numbered 1-6 so it’s flexible.
      My colleague did different areas of ELA: vocab, grammar police, literary elements, main idea (she showed short videos)

      What subject do you teach?

      1. I teach 6th grade ELA and want to use the team challenge cube but now realize I can use it for both – Cube of Fate & Team Challenge. I only have the word “Wild” written on my blue box so far.

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