After my second year of using interactive notebooks, I sure
thought I had the whole thing figured out. Of course, that is never the case
with anything in the classroom, and I’ve learned that it can always be improved!
of the page, and sometimes I don’t. The right side always contains the content
information, and sometimes I insert some bit of example or application on the
left side. I just don’t want to force a left side when I don’t need it or when we don’t have time for it or when it really isn’t necessary. But sometimes, it IS necessary.
notebooks are, essentially, their textbooks for my classes that they are
building as we learn. I certainly don’t want any big mistakes or false
information in there, because students use them as a reference, and this could
easily cause problems in the future. And when it comes to collecting the notebooks and grading everything on that left side – well, ain’t nobody got time for that!
that it’s really working out well for me and without anything extra that we
aren’t already doing! Plus, it’s definitely adding value to my students’
notebooks and making them even MORE useful!
organizers on the left side of the page. The key here is that we do these together – this is the guided practice
portion, or the WE DO portion of the application lesson. We do it together so
that when my students glue it in their notebooks, it is neat (no erasing or
crossing out and drawing arrows all over the place) and it is accurate!
to use is that I had to have them copied in a special way (a certain
percentage, less than 100% of full page size) and it was always a huge pain
getting the papers ran off correctly. Half the time I was making my own
organizers anyway. So, I put together a comprehensive collection of graphic
organizers that supported most of the concepts in my students’ notebooks – and
therefore, were Common Core aligned – and were sized just right to fit into
their interactive notebooks without any hassle or haggling with the copy lady.
year. The first lesson is simple story vocabulary, so the organizer is also
very simplified. Students are applying these words to a story we read.
notebook next to the content? Now, I can pass out this organizer any time, for
ANY STORY, and not explain it again. At all. My students can revisit the
example in their notebooks, along with the concepts/skills/vocabulary next to
it, and voila! Even MORE independence!
pages from the graphic organizer pack! – here’s the Story Vocabulary organizer.
Grab it by clicking it below.
organizer on the left. Students have notes on the right about answering a short
response to literature question and – you know it – an example on the left!
this year. They’re struggling a lot more with this concept than my previous
sixth graders did. Having them practice using this organizer has helped
TREMENDOUSLY. That needs its own blog post, so be looking for that in the next
couple of days!
students’ notebooks, I’ve done all of the hard work for you. Check out this new
pack on TpT. It includes all literature standards and matches up nicely with
the notebook lessons when applicable.