INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK will increase your understanding of science and social
· Using writing
as a process for discovery.
· Offering a
conventional twist on the traditional notebook.
· Providing a
cohesive structure for note taking and student reflection before, during, and
· Improving your
ability to develop creative, reflective, and independent thoughts.
INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK will have a “left-side, right-side” orientation to help
you record, organize, and process new information. Much of classwork and
homework will be done in your notebook.
INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK will include the following components— Cover
· Author Page
Guidelines—this will be provided for you and will be attached in the back of
· Table of
Contents—we will go over this together. I will keep an updated table of
contents on my teacher website and also in my teacher notebook that can be
found in the classroom.
· Chapter Title
Pages—these will be completed as we begin new chapters.
· Work in
Progress—this will be an envelope attached in the back of your notebook.
· Left-Hand Side
pages—these will be used for processing new ideas...YOUR ideas. We will be
showing our understanding of new material by using illustrations, diagrams,
cartoons, poetry, etc.
o Making Connections--place articles, pictures, or
cartoons (from magazines, newspapers, or the Internet) into your notebook,
along with a 4–5 sentence summary and reflection on how the materials relate to
our topic of study. You might also include original drawings. “Making
Connections” entries should sharpen (rather than clutter) the visual appearance
of your notebook. If you are unsure of
where to place this in your notebook, bring the materials to class and I can
Side pages—these will be used for class, discussion, or reading notes. This
will be where we organize information that all students must know.
INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK will be graded at least twice each month. They will be
graded on thoroughness, quality, organization, and visual appearance. A
detailed rubric will be provided and included on the Student Guidelines page
that will be attached in your notebook. This is so that you will know exactly
what is expected of you.
INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK must be neat and organized. I will keep a teacher notebook
that you can access in the classroom for your reference. The tools you need in
order to be successful will be provided for you. It is up to you to do the
6. If you are
absent, it is your responsibility to get missed notebook assignments from a
classmate or the Interactive Teacher Notebook. You can see me if you need
further instructions regarding an assignment.
Please read over this
information with your parent/guardian. Once you have gone over it together,
sign both of your names below, detach the bottom portion, and return to me by
Tuesday, September 11th. Keep this packet at home for reference. If
you come up with any questions together regarding the Interactive Notebook, you
can email me or contact me at school (626-3705).