Literacy Strategy #23 Learning Logs

Teaching Tip #10 by Hannah Cockerill

Instructional Focus

  • Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Content Areas: Math, Literacy, Science, Social Studies

Grade Level

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8

What are Learning Logs?

  • Journal used during thematic units
  • Focus is on writing, not mechanics
  • Encourage "vocab" words are spelled correctly.

Reading Log vs. Learning Log

Why use this strategy?

  • Extended Use-can refer back to them
  • Quick assessment-monitor understanding
  • Personalize THEIR learning


When to use this strategy?

  • Notes
  • Response/Reflection
  • Data charts
  • Clusters
  • Maps
  • Time lines

How to Use this strategy?

  1. Prepare learning logs: Construct learning using papers that are bound together to take notes.
  2. Use Learning Logs: Students take notes, draw diagrams, timelines, etc.
  3. Monitor entries: Teachers should read and clarify misconceptions & gauge understanding.
  4. Write reflections: Review entries from unit and write a review.