Interactive Notebooks- Why Use Them?


Hi friends, I’m back with the next part in my all about interactive notebook series.  If you missed part one, “the What?” you can read it here.  I have been asked, “what do you take the time to do interactive notebooks?”  Well, one of the big reasons is they are engaging and FUN!  But often people want a more “research-based” answer.  Here are some more reasons to begin interactive notebooks, or continue them if you already use them.

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I have read some great books that also explain the benefits of interactive notebooks.  They are geared toward upper grades, but still a good read, and I definitely got some useful information from them.

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One of the great things about interactive notebooks is the pride I see in my students when we work on them.  I refer to them as authors when it is interactive notebook time.  I give them an opportunity to share their notebooks with different grade levels throughout the year.

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During our school-wide exhibition night (formerly open house), my authors come to school dressed up and ready to share their notebook. We spend the week prior writing “about the author” paragraphs and putting the final touches on our books.  Parents and friends come through the classroom and share what they learned throughout the year. They use their notebook to use as a reference. Sharing their notebooks gives them a sense of purpose.

On the other side of the frame is their picture.  Each author had one of these.

Why am I making this book?  Oh, I can share my knowledge with others!  A big aha moment for many of them.  Interactive notebooks are so engaging and fun!

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  1. Interactive Notebooks really do build up students' self confidence and they take so much ownership of their learning. I love how eager students are to go back and look at their work!
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