Interactive Notebooks

Interactive Notebook (IN): a student notebook governed by several rules: 1) teacher input goes on right pages while student output goes on left pages, 2) pages are permanently bound in the book such as in a composition or spiral notebook, 3) use color to connect related ideas in meaningful (to the student) ways.

First things first, you should probably see what an interactive notebook looks like. I’ve scanned pages from my copy and a student’s. Check ‘em out:

Here I’ve collected my thoughts and favorite resources on this valuable tool for students of math and science.

The big picture:

Others’ thinking on the Interactive Notebook:

Resources to print & use with your classes:

  • Table of Contents: numbered to 200, formatted for a composition book page, and emphasizing the left/right dichotomy
  • Left Page Assignments (taken from Ms. Mora’s website): formatted for a composition book page, a selection of left page assignments you could give your kids or let them choose from
  • Notebook Check Rubric (one I can actually stomach is coming soon): Until I write my own, here’s what the google has to offer for interactive notebook rubrics

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  3. wow, I feel like I have attended a GREAT mini class on IN and I have only read 3 posts.. THANKS!!!! I will be checking back a lot!!!

    I definitely want to try the left/right sides and the Table of Contents is like an ephipany for me. LOL

    I also agree where I read that it has to be documented inlesson plans what to do and where in the IN.

    Hodges Herald

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