Literacy Strategy

#23 Learning Logs

Grade Levels

  • PreK -- Grade 2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8

Learning Logs

  • Learning logs are a part of a thematic unit.
  • They are notebooks or booklets of paper in which student record information on what they are learning.
  • Examples: like writing questions, summaries, reflections about learning, charts and diagrams.
  • The emphasis is on using writing as a learning tool rather than on creating polished products.

Why Use Learning Logs

  • Students use learning logs as a tool for learning.
  • Students can practice using new and technical vocabulary, explore new ideas, and personalize their learning when using learning logs.
  • Teachers can monitor students' learning logs so they can see how well the student understand the big idas and what confusions they might have.

How To Use Learning Logs

  • Learning Logs are constructed at the beginning of a thematic unit and then make entries in the logs during the unit.

  1. Prepare learning logs: at the beginning of a unit, students make a learning log using both lined and unlined paper that is stapled together like a book with laminated construction paper covers.
  2. Use learning logs: Students can take notes, draw diagrams, write vocabulary words, quick writes, and summaries.
  3. Monitor student's entries: The teacher reads the students' logs, answers any of their questions and clarifies confusion.
  4. Write reflections: At the end of the unit, the students review their entries and then write a reflection about what they learned.

When To Use Learning Logs

  • Students use learning logs to take notes and respond to information that they are learning when reading a nonfiction book and a chapter in content-area textbooks.
  • Learning logs are also used for making data charts, clusters, maps, time lines, and other diagrams.
  • Learning logs can be used in math, science, and social studies as well