Interactive Notebook The purpose of the Interactive Notebook is to engage students in learning while teaching them valuable organizational skills. It is not just about keeping organized though; it is about organizing the learning process. A student is asked to access prior knowledge or preview new ideas on the left side of the notebook; this is known as “input”. They are asked to complete activities that will give them the science content required by national, state, and district standards on the right page of the notebook. (This could be as simple as notes or handouts). The “output” portion of the lesson will go on the left side of the notebook and requires students to process what they have learned. This is the part, which challenges the student to make the content his/her own, and allows the content to sink in. The student may get a choice of their processing activity or at the very least will get to be creative in the way that he/she completes it. The left side of the notebook will look different from every other student’s in the class. NEVER remove any pages from your Interactive notebook. If handouts or photocopies need to be added to the notebook, glue or tape then attach them to the pages bound to wire. Chapter Title Page: Each unit of instruction (this is a chapter in the book) will have its own introductory page or title page in the notebook. Students will preview the unit and find three images that reflect the information in the chapter. The cover will include the following information: 1. Title of the chapter 2. The standards covered 3. Three images that represent the chapter Students will use a minimum of four colors (black and white not counting as colors) and the entire page should be colored. Not showing any white. If the page is being glued in on top of the binder paper you may use markers. Colored pencils are always accepted and crayon may never be used because it comes off on the other pages when you write in the notebook. Table of Contents: Begins on page one of the notebook. It is where all assignment (INPUT/OUTPUT & THROUGH) are listed and scores recorded. Each of the assignments listed should be finished and located on the page listed in the Table of Contents. Through this method, you can also find out what work you missed if you were absent from class. Parent Input Page: On the inside back cover of the notebook is an opportunity for parents to respond to their child’s work and notebook organization. Students will be asked to share the work with their parents/guardians and explain to them what is being learned in class. The parent/guardian will make a reflection on the learning and sign their name to the comment. THIS IS WORTH ASSIGNMENT POINTS TOWARD THE STUDENT’S GRADES. It is important for the student to communicate about their learning as a step in processing the science content covered in class. Keeping the notebook!! Students must take care of these notebooks for the entire school year in order to fully experience the value of completing an interactive notebook at the end of the year. Your notebook MUST be brought to class EVERYDAY! If you do not have your notebook in class on a day it is being graded, you will not receive full credit.
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