I've had our 3rd graders build their own sketchbooks from manila folders filled with 30 sheets of paper, graph paper (for doodling), a creativity exercise, info on artists. We keep them in the room for them till 5th grade. Names are written on the spine so they're visible as they are stacked in a box. I have them take notes about lesson info -- especially when introducing a unit, and do some thumbnail sketches for planning. They're also great for when they have free time at the end of a lesson. 4th graders try their hand at calligraphy by writing on the back cover "An Artist Is..." and writing their thoughts about that. So far I'm pleased with the way they've worked out.
Liz in rural NY
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To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2001 2:50 PM
Subject: Journaling & Sketchbooks for Elementary age???????
I'm always looking for new ideas and suggestions. My question is--Do any of
use journaling and/or sketchbooks with elementary age children?
I've made simple 10 page sketchbooks in the past and the students would use
them to sketch in when we'd go outdoors. I haven't done it this year.
Atleast not yet. I was actually thinking about having sketchbooks added to
the list of supplies 4th & 5th grade teachers give out at the beginning of
the year. I'm not sure what kind of response I'd get from parents. Any
suggestions? Thanks for your help in advance. ---