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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Interactive Notebooks.....what's cookin' so far.

Here is, at least the written data, what I have worked up to use for my attempts to use Interactive Notebooks. Much of this has been borrowed, pirated, stolen etc. from various websites that nice teachers have made available to the public. However, I have added a new page; Tools. This is a page with tips for creativity, with sample graphic organizers, and other "tools" for students to use in their learning.
There is a grading rubric that I got at the recent CLMS conference, but it is not here. Anyhow, here are five items, the SIN Data page, The Right Side, The Left Side,
a Tools page item, and a list of things for students to keep in mind regarding their SIN.


The Student Interactive Notebook (SIN)

The Student Interactive Notebook is a learning tool that many students have found to be very useful in learning the material for their academic classes. Many find it useful because most of what they need is there in their Student Interactive Notebook. By correctly creating your SIN, you will find that this helps you learn the material for this history class.

Your SIN will include the following, in your spiral notebook:

* Title Page (includes name of class, grade level, student name,
Teacher name and class room number)
* This SIN Data page
* The Left Side instructions
* The Right Side instructions
* Grading Rubric / Things to Think About
* Tools pages
* Table of Contents Pages - List the name of the activity, page number,
and a place for activity grades to be recorded
* Unit Title pages - contain the title of the unit and some relevant
pictures and or symbols.

Materials needed:

# Spiral Notebook of 70 - 120 pages. The smaller sized 8 x 10.5
spiral notebooks will work, but the full-sized, 8.5 x 11.5 is BEST.
# color pencils
# regular pencils
# blue and black ink pens (no markers or gel pens)
# glue sticks (or small bottle of plain white glue). This is to glue
things into your SIN; handouts, foldables, etc.
# binder pouch to keep your supplies

o You must bring your STUDENT INTERACTIVE
NOTEBOOK to class each day!


The Right Side

The Right side of your Student Interactive Notebook is for INPUT, that is, what we do in class. You must put the following on the right side of your SIN:

* any information given in class
* Cornell style Notes^ from teacher
* Cornell style Notes^ from textbook or other text activities
* Cornell style Notes^ from audio/visual activities
* new vocabulary
* In-class assignments
* tests and quizzes
* Class opener activities
* Instructions about projects and upcoming activities
* homework questions or instructions
* quick write activities
* Think - Write - Pair - Share Activities
* Critical Thinking Activities
* KWL (Know - Want to Know - Learn) Activities
* Comprehension questions
* Basically, everything we do in class!

~ ALL of your pages must have a date in the upper right hand
corner and page number at the bottom right hand corner.
~ ALL pages must have a title up at the top of the page

^ Cornell style Notes includes dividing your page into a one-third and a two-thirds section, Notes, vocabulary, and illustrations all go in the two-third column. The one-third section is for questions. Your Cornell style notes should also include a summary and illustrations.


The Left Side

The left side of your Student Interactive Notebook is for Student work, that is, the things you do to demonstrate your understanding of the class data. The left page demonstrates your understanding of the information from the right side page. You work with the input and INTERACT with the information in creative, unique and individual ways. The left side incorporates and reflects how you learn History and Social Studies as well as what you learn in History and Social Studies. The following things go on the left side of your SIN:

* Homework directions
* graphic organizers
* Venn diagrams
* dialogues
* I AM poems
* drawings, photos, and sketches that illustrate the concept,
idea or facts
* Reflective writing assignments
* Mnemonic devices
* timelines
* mini-posters
* 4x, 4+4, 6x, 6+6 activities
* “Ticket out the Door,” Daily Summary and other daily closure
* Biography Activities
* maps
* Other things as assigned


~ Every left side page gets used.
~ Always use color...It helps the brain learn and organize
~ Be sure each page is numbered with the number at the lower
left hand corner of the page.



Tools: Some Graphic Techniques:
(to help you be creative in your learning!)
* Size of letters * Boldness of letters
* Capital letters * Indentations
* Underlining * Bullets
* Use of color * Drawings
* Diagrams * Embellished letters
* highlighting * decorative backgrounds
* put it in a box * decorative borders
or other geometric


Ten Things to Think About:

1. Is every page filled out?
2. Is your table of contents page up-to-date?
3. Is your SIN as neat as possible?
4. Is the correct information on the correct page?
5. Is THIS my BEST work?
6. How can I make my work better?
7. Do any pages need repair?
8. Have I been creative?
9. Have I been absent and need to check Mr. Edwards’
Teacher Interactive Notebook?
10. Do I need any materials/supplies for my SIN?

Please forgive my lack of computer skills in having each page nicely formatted and ready to click on to print out that perfect copy for your own use. Your comments and suggestions are hoped for....is calling this Student Interactive Notebook, SIN, too much ? It is also highly recommended several places I saw online, that the teacher keep a Teacher Interactive Notebook as a "master" copy of what students should have and which students can refer to at times.

Thanks for reading this blog. Again, your comments and suggestions are hoped for !

Have a great Easter Weekend !

XoXoX Polski3