Happy Monday! Today starts our first full week of school and I am already exhausted, my house is flipped upside down (although I spent all weekend cleaning), but my plan book is jam packed leaving me ready for a productive week. I am happy to be linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!
I want to start off by letting everyone know, we've never used interactive notebooks before and in fact, we've never even heard of them before the BIG TpT BTS sale. We saw this gem on the top sellers list and figured we'd give it a go. Robyn and I both purchased a copy (Yes, we follow the rules and support our fellow TpT authors) and plan on trying it in our classrooms this year. Since we started off the school year working on strategies to help make inferences, we figured we'd first try the inferencing standard. I do like how there are actual pictures of each notebook page (so you can see what it is supposed to look like), I LOVE that students get a chance to color and create pieces of the notebook to make it more engaging and personal, and I also like that there are multiple copies on a page to cut down on the copying. Since we have never done anything like this before I tried to go to Dollar Tree and grab some table caddies, like the millions I saw there earlier in the summer, but they were all sold out. There are two more Dollar Trees in the town I teach in and will check for them tomorrow. I want to be able to have a place for glue sticks, scissors, colored pencils...etc. at each table. It will create organization and save time on kids getting up out of their seats for materials.
This year we are trying something new in our schedule. We have a WIN block for enrichment while intervention students are pulled out. We thought the interactive notebook would be a great supplement for this time period. Robyn and I only have a few students leaving during this block and thought that if we did the interactive notebook during this block with the majority of the class, the next morning, at morning work time, would be a perfect time for a student leader to help the intervention students catch up in their notebooks. It's a Win/Win Win block situation...hahaha, well hopefully it will work out well this way. We'll let you know after this week!
So we set off today....printed....made copies...and got to work...
The students absolutely LOVED cutting, pasting, and coloring the pieces in their reading notebooks. I loved that the standard was written in student friendly language because it will be helpful and appealing to show parents at conferences next month. The top section was too wide to fit on the notebook page, so I had to chop off the magnifying glass. We wrote an inferencing answer frame below the puzzle pieces so the students could refer back to it throughout the year. Tomorrow we are going to go on with our lesson reading Knots on a Counting Rope, practice the again and again strategy, and make inferences from the text.
I originally thought this interactive notebook would have more foldables involved, but this one does not. I plan on making some to add to the notebook. Other than that, I am excited to continue to use this throughout the year.