I think the hardest part has been the page numbering! My kids were always off and it became very frustrating for them and me. About four weeks in, I had almost given up with the page numbering and just told them to go to the next double page spread. I still am not sure how it happened, but for the last three weeks when I give my page number we are all together. Very strange indeed.
My kids are using five subject notebooks and I am using the last section for journaling, daily grammar practice, and other bellwork. Once we got going, I realized that we have several days that we don't use the notebook so I think a section per quarter is going to be plenty. I have posted some of my bell work activities on the interactive whiteboard activities page.
I have started printing out my DOL sentences and cutting them into strips. I hand them out as the student enters the room. They use editing marks on the strip and tape it in so that it flips up. Then they write the sentence correctly under the flap. This has been going real well and seems to take up less class time.
My Freshmen are using monthly journaliing pages that I found on pinterest. I simply give them the page and check for completeness at the end of the month. I used to give them a prompt everyday and make them write it, date it, and write a half page response. With these I set no requirements, which threw them at first, but I simply explained that it was their journal and to do what they thought needed to be done. I could tell they thought I had lost my mind, and I wasn't sure how this would turn out. .When I went to grade them I couldn't believe how much work my kids had put in to their journal pages! Full pages of poetry, illustrations, recipes, stories, etc.... Giving up control and letting them take over has been one of the best things I have ever done. The journal pages can be found below and on my Pinterest page. I did not write these and don't know who did or I would definitely give them the credit they deserve. They so are awesome!
Here are the links to the other pages:
All Journal Pages Here
Here are some pages from my notebook. Students look at my book a lot so I don't have any answers in them. I have put in a few keys but only after we have taken the test. The stickers in the upper right corner a reminder that I have a whiteboard lesson for it.
|Right: Text Structure Foldable|
Left: Students had to create a graphic organizer for each passage and highlight the signal words
|Right: Notes over biographies and autobiographies|
Left: Students wrote an autobiographical paragraph about themselves and a biographical paragraph about a class \mate.
|Right: Notes and flip-out page on fiction|
Left: web that visually shows the elements of fiction
|right: Short story divide page|
Left: quiz over the elements of fiction. This page flips up and students write the corrections for any answer that they missed. This will come in handy when preparing for finals.
|This was a vocabulary lesson. I used this foldable that I found on Pinterest and added that they write a sentence for each word using a synonym as a context clue.|
|This was a comparre and contrast lesson where they compared the short story "The Necklace" with the Grimm version of "Cinderella". My Freshmen loved it!|
|This a review assignment. I usually have them put these on the right and the test it covers on the left. Corrections are under the test.|
|Lesson on sentence fragments|
|Vocabulary lesson. Word diagrams hav the word in the circle, synonym on the first line, definition on the second line, and a complete sentence on the third.|
Here is a great link to TCI's PowerPoint over ISN"s. This is over social studies notebooks but I have gotten many great ideas for my language arts notebooks from here. The full screen link for their book is here.
Here are some pics from my students ISN's.
|Active reading strategies for seventh grade. Right a foldable the completed in pairs using their textbook. On the left they used the strategies to read a story and answer questions I printed on strips of paper.|
|All about me pages. Students had to use strategies from the handout on the right to create a page about themselves. This was an introduction activity.|
|Introduction to text structures. We read two articles and tried to determine the genre, what structures were used, and the author's purpose for writing the articles.|
|Lesson on the types of nonfiction.|
|Activity on biography and autobiography.|
|Outlining activity. students took notes and outlined a partners outfit on the right. On the left they read a nonfiction article and outlined main idea and supporting details.|
|Activity on Character motivation.|
|Student pages created on active reading strategies.|
|Sample journal page. link to these pages can be found on the Interactive Notebook page.|
|Review and test. Test corrections go on the sheet under the test itself.|