During each lesson you are going to write down questions and work through the process of developing answers. You’re going to take notes on what you are learning. You’re going to draw. You’re going to express your thoughts and ideas. You’re even going to write stories. And you’re going to do it all in your Salmon Journal. You will keep it with you at all times, so that you can write thoughts down “whenever inspiration strikes.” Thoughts and ideas can surprise you by happening when you do not expect them — when you’re brushing your teeth, walking the dog, eating breakfast, or anytime, really. That’s why it’s good to keep your journal close so that when that idea does “strike,” you can write it down. Once it’s in your journal, you don’t have to worry about forgetting it! You’ll be amazed how good that can make you feel. Many great thinkers in history have kept journals “within arm’s reach” for this reason. Journals gave them comfort knowing that their ideas were being recorded and not forgotten. Those journals led to historic breakthroughs. NOTE: OVERHAUL THIS PHOTO GALLERY WITH BETTER EXAMPLES.
Let’s Get Started:
Use any bound book with blank pages for your journal, such as a composition book, spiral notebook or loose leaf three-ring binder.
Or you can make one. Fold 6 to 8 sheets of blank letter size paper in half for the inside pages. Additional pages can be added if needed. Fold one sheet of colored paper in half for the cover. Use a hole punch to punch two evenly spaced holes along the folded edge. Insert the brass fasteners from the front and spread open to fasten.
Make a personal bond with your journal by creating a cover design all your own. Draw on, attach natural objects to, or glue pictures to your cover. There are no limits — make it truly yours.
Make sure to label your journal with a special title, such as “My Salmon Journey,” your name, grade, teacher, school and the date you created your journal.
You might begin your journal entries with the date and location, followed by your observations. It’s easier to remember WHEN you did something and then you know where to look in the journal to find that page or topic. You can even leave the first page blank and use it as a table of contents.
Develop your journal in your own style, and use your own techniques to make journal entries. Use pictures, sketches, photographs. Even watercolor blotches can bring the page (and your thoughts) to life.
Develop your Own Journal Entry Style
Here are some ideas that have guided others:
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