Well, it’s finally here….my Reading Interactive Notebooks! Honestly, I started making these in July, Science Interactive Notebooks, but I was all notebooked out and needed a break. This long Labor Day weekend really allowed me to put the final touches on it and get it posted.
What are Interactive Notebooks?
They are notebooks or binders that holds the personal interactions, learnings and thoughts of a student or reader about the book or classroom material they are reading. with a reading text.
It’s much like a textbook, but created by the students.
Interactive Notebooks allows the students to document their own learning and reading experiences.
They allow students to watch his/her learning progress overtime while practicing organization and notetaking skills.
Are Interactive Notebooks Worth It?
This notebook provides an easy way to engage and assess your students and accommodate students at various learning stages. But, so many teachers are often turned off by all that cutting, coloring and gluing. So, here are a few good reasons why they are so worth it.
1. The Interaction:
Pretty basic. But the number one reasons your students love interactive notebooks is because they are INTERACTIVE. Students can interact with the content in numerous ways, depending on the activities you choose to use and how they use it.
Check out the interactive activities in this Reading Interactive Notebook
2. Interactive Notebooks are great for Kinesthetic Learners
While interactive notebooks accommodate students with different learning styles, they are specifically great for the kinesthetic learners in your classroom. The ability to physically manipulate the paper to complete the activities solidifies learning for them.
Check out this hands on Reading activities
3. Interactive Notebooks Teach Students to Organize their Thoughts.
Interactive notebooks not only give students the ability to show exactly where they are in their understanding of the subject, it allows you to work with your students to create a process for them to organize their thoughts. This way, you’re able to teach study skills without “teaching” them.
4. It Help Kids Understand the Subject Better
Interactive notebooks are creative, fun, and memorable. They require students to create, interact with, manipulate, and think about new skills as they complete each activity.
Students may not remember what they read in a book traditionally, but they will remember the creative ways they expressed their thoughts in their notebooks. This leads to deeper understanding and give students the ability to show exactly where they are in their understanding of the subject.
5. Builds and Strengthen Student-teacher-parent interaction
When students are working on their homework at home with their interactive notebooks, not only does it help enhance the deepen the students learning and interest, but parents will also be able to have a resource and a deeper insight into the learning that is taking place in the classroom.
How To Use Interactive Notebooks
1. Use with Foldable Templates
Foldable activities are so much fun! They allow the students to fill in information, cut/fold in a fun way, and glue into their notebooks for future reference.
My Science interactive templates includes foldable templates.
2. Use Interactive Notebook for Note Taking
When we write things down, we’re taking a longer time to process the information, This allows the information to be cemented in our brains.
Interactive notetaking takes a longer time than regular note taking as students process, question, observe, and interact with the subject in a deeper and more creative way. Interactive note taking improves the students ability to correctly recall information.
3. Use it for Journaling and Planning
Students can use their interactive notebooks as journals and for planning projects, to write about anything that may or be related to their class work. They can write about what they’ve learned during the week, challenges encountered etc.
This practice allows your students to look back throughout the year and see how much they’ve learned and grown.
Ready-to-Use Interactive Notebook Templates
Interactive notebooks are definitely worth a try. I invite you to check out my resources. I have stand-alone templates for science, reading, vocabulary, math and other resources. They all feature simple cuts, easy-to-manage activities, and foldable flip books.
Reading Interactive Notebooks Templates – Featured Product
Someone who purchased this product had this to say: “A great resource for independent readers during our homeschool time. Using this has made sure we are checking for higher-level comprehension during their reading.”
These foldable flip books can be used in a file folder to create lapbooks, or glue them into your reading interactive notebooks! The flip books are left blank on the inside for you to fully customize with the use of any book over and over again!
I do plan on updating this with more flip books. When I do so, the price of this resource will increase. If you purchase it while the price is still low, you will receive all the updates for free!
This set is not editable; however, if you have a suggestion as to something you’d like added, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add it for you!
I have a Table of Contents, picture tutorial and the following flip books in this set:
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