Monday, March 4, 2013

More Interactive Notebooks

Today I have just a few pictures of how some of my notebook activities are coming along.  So far with language arts I have found that it is easier to just go page to page when you are reading a novel. Novels can go so fast that I had a few blank left side pages. With mini-lessons the left-side, right-side activities work the best. I guess it just depends on your preferences, and what resources you are using.

 I have purchased many quality reading guides from TPT at great prices. Some of my pictures are not flipped up or do not show all of the pages in the book in an effort to not step on any toes.

This has definitely been a learning process! My kids suggested that I write the page number on my handouts before I copy them, then if the pages don't get glued in immediately, or they are absent, students can still figure out where to put them. Genius!!! I will be compiling a list of their suggestions at the end of the year. I think they will have a lot to teach us!

I teach 7th, 8th, and 9th ELA so the pics are a little random.

Flocabulary lesson. Kids really like this site. Check it out if you haven't already!

Road-map to nonfiction book report activity.

A Diary of Anne Frank activity that I used post-it notes with. Prompt: imagine that Anne was not the only one who kept a Diary. Write a diary entry from the point of view of The different characters to the events that happened in the story. Event 1: Anne wakes up screaming (Mrs. Frank, Mr. Dussel)
Event 2: Mr. Van Daan is caught stealing food (Mrs. Frank, Mr. Frank). Event 3: Anne has a date in Peter's room (Peter, Mrs. Frank) Event 4. Mr. Dussel joins the group (Mr. Frank, Mr. Van Daan).

Characterization Activity

To Kill a Mockingbird reading guides. for these I temporarily stopped the "left side, right side"
and just went on to the next page.

Outsiders reading questions and venn diagram.

To Kill a Mockingbird map activity.

Urban Myths and Legends activity

Awesome Facebook activity created by Tracee Orman! Kids loved it! Her templets are high quality and I highly recommend them.


  1. I'm making the transition from elementary school to teaching 7th grade Language Arts this year, and I love these ideas!!! Thanks so much for sharing :-)

  2. Thank You so much for the complement Jamie!I just started the interactive notebooks last year and they were an adventure. I think they were well worth the time though. This year I have new textbooks aligned with the Common Core. The books are awesome but I will be redoing my notebooks. Hopefully I will come up with some new ideas so check back.

  3. This is my first year using the ISN, and today I took the time to have each class set it up. I noticed that you have an activity for The Outsiders, and I wanted to get a better look at it. Or could you explain it more? We are starting this book next week, and I am introducing author's purpose, so I was looking for some ideas. Thanks in advance.

  4. I really want to start ISN with my 9th graders but I don't know where to start. Do you have any suggestions or ideas that could start me off in the right direction please. My email is if there is anything that might help.

  5. I'm SO interested in doing this with my classes this year! I teach 8th grade Language Arts. Do you have a post about how you had your students set up their notebooks? (sections, table of contents, etc.)

  6. I love your ideas and I am going to try them this year. This will be my first and I hope NOT my last time to use interactive notebook. I just need to make sure I and the students stay on top of it.