On the eleventh day of back to school, my principal gave to me, eleven cutters cutting with a mixed-up set of TEs.
Using interactive notebooks in the classroom is a trend that has gained popularity over the past couple of years. When coupled with foldables, interactive notebooks become great learning tools for students. Today, I’m sharing how I like to do interactive notebooking. Because I consider the students’ math notebooks to be their own student-created textbook, I am very purposeful about what I select to go into the notebook. With that in mind, I only include items that have enough information to allow students to use their notebooks as reference tools. This means that each component must contain information that will support student learning outside of class.
The items that I select to go into the notebook must meet the following characteristics:
- must be an engaging and/or interactive activity with an opportunity to collaborate with others (I love cut and paste activities!)
- must have enough information about the skill or concept so that students can refer back to it at a later time for review
- must include an opportunity for reflection
Here’s an example of a completed interactive notebook page.
The activity above is an example of an interactive notebook page that I created for one of my new standards-based learning bundles, so it meets the criteria above, but I created the design using a variety of resources from different publishers that I’ve used over the years.
To make these activity pages even more engaging, I copy them on colored paper or allow the students to write on them with colored pencils. (They just love that!) Additionally, I may ask students to record the reflection on the back of the interactive notebook page and we glue just the top part into the notebook. This gives the students more space to write and allows them to add notes and other bits of information below the activity portion.
Want to know how I get my notebooks started at the beginning of the year? Check out “Kick Start Your Year with Interactive Notebooks!” You can even grab a copy of my free e-book titled, “Getting Started with Math Notebooks,” when you sign-up for my monthly newsletter.
Like my interactive notebook pages? You can find them in many of my standards-based resources throughout my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Interactive notebooks make great souvenirs at the end of the school year. I’ve even had students contact me years later to say that they still have/use the one they created in my class. Talk about a useful resource! Happy Cutting!
Sound Off! How do you use interactive notebooks?