Interactive Notebooks For Learning

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Apr 14, 2015 6:57:27 PM

All About Interactive Notebooks For Learning

An interactive notebook is a personalized, student-created textbook and study tool. It is an interactive, hands-on learning project that requires engagement and critical thinking.

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Benefits of Using an Interactive Notebook

  • Engages the learner
  • Provides scaffolding for the learner
  • Excellent for diverse leaners (EL, SEL, Special Education, etc.)
  • A resource for students, parents and teachers
  • A visual guide for learners
  • Excellent introduction and review of the Common Core State Standards
  • Reinforces academic skills

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The teacher and student add each topic to the table of contents page, when they create the information in their interactive notebook. The first few pages of the notebook should be left blank for the table of contents.








Pictured are some examples of pages from an interactive notebook.

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Why use interactive notebooks?

  • Hands-on learning is involved
  • Art is calming and a high interest activity for students
  • Students enjoy creating things
  • Pupils take ownership of their work and the notebook they create
  • Parents and guardians can view work and see what the students are learning in school
  • Students use hands-on skills to develop academic assignments that are based on the Common Core State Standards

Examples of Items That Could Be Included In The Interactive Notebook

  • Completed graphic organizers
  • Flapbooks
  • Foldables
  • Flipbooks
  • Rewriting of notes into one’s own words and/or with illustrations and examples
  • Brainstorming
  • Mnemonic devices
  • Songs, poems, raps
  • Journal entries
  • Novel reflections
  • Informative character illustrations
  • Informative setting illustrations
  • Cause & effect flow charts
  • Color coding of exemplars (to increase student's understanding)
  • Plot timelines and diagrams

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Supplies Needed For An Interactive Notebook

  • Spiral notebook, composition notebook or construction paper
  • A pencil box of supplies that includes: scissors, glue, colored pencils or crayons

An interactive notebook is a captivating learning tool that can be used in multiple subject areas. It is appropriate for elementary, middle and high school.

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Interactive Notebooks and Books

Students can reading colorful and engaging titles that can assist in learning the key standards and concepts. They can document new learning in their Interactive Notebooks. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers thousands of titles in many different languages on a multitude of topics. Find texts in multiple genres as well as teacher resource guides on the Big Universe website.








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