I am finally getting around to trying out interactive notebooks in my 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade classes. I was able to get enough donated/free notebooks for close to 200 students. Granted it is a mishmash of types of notebooks—sewn composition books, cheap spiral bound, spiral bound graphing notebooks. I was able to at least have enough of each type so that students in each class have the same type. Last week I started students on setting up their notebooks by completing a cover page, numbering the first 2 pages, starting a table of contents and creating a personal “authority” page. I introduced the lesson to my students by using smartnotebook.
Interactive Notebook Setup
- Students will begin to setup Interactive Notebooks to use during library class.
- Students will number the first few pages of their notebooks.
- Each student will setup a Table of Contents on the first page of the book.
- Each student will complete her/his own “authority” page on page 2 of the notebook.
Setting Up Your Interactive Notebook
Step 1: On the cover, fill in the boxes with
- your first name,
- your last name,
- your teacher’s name, and
- your table number.
Step 2: Number pages 1 & 2 of the pages in your Notebook. Start with the first page and don’t forget to number both the front and the back of the page.
On Page 1 make your Table of Contents. The Table of Contents will be your guide to the entire Notebook.
Each time we add something into our Notebooks, we will need to update our Table of Contents.
Activator for making your authority page
Listen to Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein and find 3 things in which Albert was an authority at doing. [NOTE: I embedded a Youtube video of the book onto this page.]
Using the resources available to you, make your own “I am an authority” page on page 2 (the back of page 1). Draw a VERY LARGE capital letter “I” which fills almost the whole page. Under your letter I, write the words “am an authority on this!” Inside the capital I, write at least 5 things on which YOU are an authority.
[NOTE: I created my own "I am an authority on this!" page as both an example and as a community builder to let my students get to know me. I read every student's "authority" page before the next lesson.]
I combined ideas from 2 teachers/librarians that I located online. Here are links to their pages:
http://cafe1123.blogspot.com/p/writing-in-cafe-1123.html (a teacher’s blog about writing and interactive notebooks) I used the “authority” idea from her page.)
http://fcpslibrary.wikispaces.com/Interactive+Notebook+4th+Grade (a VA librarians’ wiki-it features an interactive notebook UNIT complete with 9 lesson plans for using interactive notebooks in library classes with 4th grade students!)