__What Is An Interactive Notebook__?

__Why Notebook?__

Well for starters, I was tired of students not utilizing their notes, losing their papers, and not remembering the previously learned concepts. With the Math Interactive Notebook, students now have the opportunity to reflect on their strategies and assess their own learning. They can practice putting their knowledge into words both verbally and in writing. Futhermore, by using the notebook, instructional focus suddenly starts to shift from computation to problem solving and real-life application. The Interactive Notebook serves as a documented portfolio-like record of student growth and progress. Finally, the Interactive Notebook is an open-ended and naturally differentiated assessment tool.

__Notebook Supplies:__

- Composition book
- Highlighters (at least four different colors)
- Glue Stickes
- Colored Pencils (Basic 8 colors)
- Scissors

__Why Are Interactive Notebooks Different?__

Left side pages are used to write down learn-able content

- Class notes
- Discussion notes
- Textbook notes
- Graded Test

- Problem of the Day (warm up)
- Independent Practice Problems
- Graphic Organizers (Frayer Model, Foldables, Venn Diagrams...)
- Glued Assignments
- Glued Quiz/Test Corrections

__The Pros and Cons__

*Pros*

- Everyone has the same notes in the same place.
- Student engagement, responsibility, and organization
- Students will actually use their notes.
- Helpful for student review
- Used for future math classes
- Quick Assessment tool
- Every year you don't have to re-invent the wheel.

*Cons*

- For the teacher, it is a lot of work and planning to set up.
- Stolen or lost notebooks
- New students mid sememster
- Damaged notebooks

One workbook that I recently purchased that has helped me tremendously when it comes to planning and creating foldables is Dinah Zike's Notebook Foldables for Spiral, Binders, & Composition Books. I highly recommend this workbook if you decide to start working with Interactive Notebooks.

I also created an Interactive Notebook PowerPoint Presentation that I use at the beginning of the school year when we start setting up all of our Notebooks. You can find my Powerpoint by visiting my teacher store at Teachers Pay Teachers and edit it to suit your needs.

*Here are samples of entries inside my Interactive Notebooks.*

*(I have one notebook for each subject.)*
Scientific Method Foldable.

Place Value Foldable

Multiplication Properties Foldable

Multiplication & Division Fact Family House (Door Opens!)

Chapter Vocabulary Foldable with Examples

Algebraic Expressions

Character Traits & Story Evidence

Character Traits

very nice! This is something I had hoped to do beginning this year with my schooling at home students. However, we were trying the approach of the program that was provided...and had too much on "my" plate. I say mine, because I agree that it takes quite of bit of prep time at the beginning. Finding your post makes me want to start right now! :-)

ReplyDeleteHi Amber,

DeleteI found the interactive notebook to be very helpful and useful. My students used it as an extension of their learning. They also used their notebooks to help them study before a test. Besides math, my students kept a science interactive notebook and a writer's notebook. I'll be adding a post about them in the near future. Good luck in creating and implementing yours.

I am planning on implementing this next year. I can't wait to read more about how this worked for you this year.

ReplyDeleteMisty

Think, Wonder, & Teach

Thanks Misty,

DeletePlease drop by again, I promise to add more useful info. and resources in the near future. This summer I will be adding posts to my blog. :)

hi i would love to do this with my home schooled children ....could you please tell me where you found the printables you used in you book...thanks mary

ReplyDeleteHello, keeping an interactive notebook is very easy. Many of the printables in my notebook I made myself on the computer, however I also purchased the workbook "Dinah Zike's Notebook Foldables" and I found their foldables to be very useful and easy to print. The link to this workbook is in my Interactive Notebook Post. I'll be posting more great resources during the summer. Thanks for dropping by!

DeleteI'm just getting in to Interactive Notebooks and I found your post through Pinterest. This summer I'm totally revamping my idea of how my kids will keep their notebooks and I love how you set up your math notebook. I'll be using your ideas as a great reference for myself! Thank you! I hope you can check out my blog sometime.

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Teaching with Ms. Mel

Hi Mel,

DeleteThis year I was really bad about keeping up with my blog. I wish I would have brought a sample of my math interactive notebook home so that I can photograph some of the foldables I created. I left my sample in my classroom. I promise to post a follow page to the math interactive notebook once I return to my room in August. This year, I promised myself to make the time to write in my blog and share all my ideas and resources. Please drop by again in the future. I will also love to drop by your blog. Thanks for the invite. Heidy

Love your ideas! I am addicted to interactive notebooks in all subjects. I teach 3rd grade, and I find I have to go very slow in the beginning. But once they get the hand of it, it become and awesome resource that they can use throughout the year. Thank you for sharing!

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Teaching With Moxie

Great idea, thanks for sharing! when you return to your room in August, is it possible that you could unbind one of these and put it through the copier/scanner and sell it on tpt or something? I want to start this with my 4th gr math students this year but no one on my campus has done it before.. so all I have are random pins from pinterest (which is how I saw a page of yours) and ex parts from workshops. Each is just a part of another part. I also found parts on TPT too... but I have yet to find a whole year, rather than try to fit each teachers ideas together and have gaps and overlap, I would like a better plan for my first year to try this- so I don't make it more complicated and give up on it before it really had a chance. Or if you ever find the kids getting ready to recycle one at the end of the year, you could prob make a bonus check. I know I would buy one lol. Is there a specific teacher professional book you bought that gave you the ideas for each math lesson topic? If so, I would love the ISBN # Thanks

ReplyDeleteSara

Thank you for sharing these! I will be using several of them this year in our math notebooks!

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Simply 2nd ResourcesLove this! What program do you use?

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I wish more teachers would do stuff like this, especially high school teachers. I think it would make learning different parts of a subject, especially for students like me, SO much easier.

ReplyDeleteIs there anyway you can share any more?? I love this! I used it today... so helpful for someone new to math!

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I really enjoy using interactive notebooks as well. I was wondering how you use you vocabulary notebook? Is it for all subjects in one notebook? Thanks

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