Interactive Notebook Guidelines
What is an interactive notebook and why are we using them?
An interactive student notebook is a notebook that allows students to take control of their own learning. It will be our primary method for conducting daily work in this class. The purpose of the interactive notebook isto engage students in learning, and make it an active process, while at the same time teaching them valuableorganizational skills. These notebooks are valuable tools because they give students choices about how they want to learn the material, as well as demonstrate what they’ve learned. The setup of the notebook allowsstudents to make the material their own, and learn in ways that make sense to them. The interactive notebook is a portfolio of student work that shows progress throughout the year. They allow students to use both their visual and linguistic intelligences. They are also a great tool to use when studying for quizzes and tests.
What pages should be included in my notebook?
The contents of your notebook will change throughout the year, but the following contents should be in yournotebook at all times.
●Title Page●Table of Contents●Geography Syllabus●Interactive Notebook Rubric●If Found Sticker●6x9 Envelope●5 Themes of Geography●Grade Sheet●Interactive Notebook Guidelines●Cover Page, Bell Ringers & Vocabulary for each unit
How should my notebook be organized?
Your notebook will be organized into a Left Side and a Right Side.Left Side-Teacher input & classroom materials●Unit pages●Class, reading, & discussion notes●Handouts●Book work & AssignmentsRight Side-Student output/reflection/response●A reorganization of new information in creative formatsto help you better learn the material●Expresses opinions and feelings & explores connections●Demonstrates what you’ve learned
What are some examples of Right Side activities?
Right side activities are basically only limited by your imagination. They can be anything from drawings tosongs, advertisements to journals, and everything in between. A giant notebook of right side ideas will be keptin the classroom. Here are a few more examples though: Diagrams, charts, cartoons, comic strips, illustrateddefinitions, foldables, letters, post cards, essays, poems, eulogies, book covers, etc.
How will I know which right side activities I should be doing?
Most of the time, you will have some guidance when choosing a ride side activity. As the year goes on,however, you will be given more choices about your right side activities.
What are the rules for using interactive notebooks?***************You must have your notebook in class every single day!***************
●If you are unclear about anything regarding the interactive notebook, just ask!●For each left side activity, you must have a right side activity that you have created on your own.●It is your responsibility to keep up with your notebook, even for those days that you miss.●Each page should have a date, page #, and title. Number all pages on the bottom outside corner.