Start The School Year With Interactive Notebooks

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 14, 2015 4:41:55 PM

Interactive Notebooks

Using Interactive Notebooks in the classroom brings excitement to learning. It also offers all students an opportunity to practice and master standards based instructional material. The beginning of the school year is an excellent time to implement Interactive Notebooks.


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

Table of Contents

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

Pictured are some examples of pages from an interactive notebook.


Taken by K. Beaudry with interactive notebook materials purchased from Lovin Lit.

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
Rewriting of notes into one’s own words and/or with illustrations and examples
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

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.


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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