Starting the School Year Right: Lesson B - The Interactive Student Notebook (ISN) by TeachTCI

VIEWS: 13,104 PAGES: 13

More Info
									Starting the School Year Right

The Interactive Student                                                           B

How will the ISN make you a better

Overview                                                           Materials
                                                                   •Copies of the Student
In a social studies skill builder, students analyze placards       Handout B1: Buddy Clock
depicting portions of the interactive student notebook             (1 per student)
(ISN) and begin working on putting theirs together.                •Copies of Student
                                                                   Handout B2: ISN Matrix (1
Preview Students complete a “buddy clock” activity to              per student)
                                                                   •Copies of Student
be used in paired activities for this lesson and future            Handout B3: ISN
lessons.                                                           Guidelines & Expectations
                                                                   •12 or more folders with
Activity In a Social Studies Skill Builder, pairs study six        copies of Placards B1-B6
important components to the interactive student                    inside.
                                                                   •Colored Pencils
notebook. Where appropriate, students will begin setting           •Glue Sticks
up their own notebook.                                             •Scissors
Processing Students will create a simple editorial                 •Materials consistent with
cartoon on the topic of the lesson essential question .            how you want students to
                                                                   put together their notebook.

In the course of this lesson and participating classroom
activity, students will
• analyze the importance of working in pairs as a way to
learn content.
• describe the expectations for setting up a successful
interactive student notebook in your class.
• explain how maintaining a good notebook will allow
them to deepen their understanding of content.

                                             Basic Training: Starting the School Year Right       1

Suggested time: 10 minutes

1. Greet Students at the Door. Distribute a copy of
   Student Handout B1: Buddy Clock to each student as
   they enter the room.

2. Explain the reason for the Buddy Clock Activity.
   Tell the students that from time to time, they will be
   doing activities in class that require pairs to work
   together. Completing this Buddy Clock activity will
   allow the students to move quickly into pairs and
   allow them the opportunity to work with different
   people throughout the year.
                                                                   Student Handout B1
3. Go over the rules for the Buddy Clock activity.                    Buddy Clock
   Instruct the students to read the directions quietly
   while you read them aloud.
• Using a projected Buddy Clock, digital, doc-cam, or
   transparency, walk the students through each of the
   three scenarios at the bottom of their handout.

4. Give students 5 minutes to get as many signatures
   as possible. Consider ringing a bell or announcing to
   the class any time a student completes their clock and
   brings it to you.

5. At the end of time, have all the students who still
   have an opening for an hour to come to the middle of
   the room. Pair these students quickly by finding out
   what hours people have open, and if students have not
   signed previously, signing them up. For those that
   remain, use your professional judgement to allow               Alternate to
   pairs to work a second hour together or to have a            Clock Suggestion
   group of three in some circumstances. (note: if you
                                                                Instead of a clock,
   have absent students, either fill one in for them            consider a map with
   yourself or have another student fill one in for them.)      selected locations for
                                                                students to sign. Instead
6. Model how the Buddy Clock is used. Ask students              of calling them clock
   to review their clock. Have them point, from their           buddies, they would be
                                                                travel companions.
   seats, to their 7 o’clock buddy. Ask them to move
   together and work together for the lesson. Explain
                                           Basic Training: Starting the School Year Right   2

   that for future lessons where students are to be
   paired, you will use the buddy clock to pair them up
   quickly. Over time, they will have the opportunity to
   work with everyone in the class.

Social Studies Skill Builder
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

1. Explain the purpose of the activity. Tell the
   students in the next activity, they will learn about the
   interactive student notebook (or ISN) and how it will
   be used in class and at home.

2. Create 12+ Manila Folders with copies of Placards                 Placards B1-B6
   B1-B6. Pass out a folder to each pair of students to
   use as they complete each step in the process.

3. Pass out Student Handout B2: Matrix for ISN.
   Have the students look at each feature on their matrix.
   Pairs are to complete each column in their matrix,
                                                                   Student Handout B2:
   including the last column which must be initialed by               Matrix for ISN
   their teacher.

4. Have pairs begin work on the first feature. Have
   pairs begin with the first feature, ISN Setup, and
   complete all three columns of their matrix. Remind
   students that before moving onto a next feature in
   sequence, they must check in with you and be signed
   off. Pairs will repeat this process until they have             Student Handout B3:
                                                                    ISN Guidelines &
   completed all six features on their matrix. Once pairs              Expectations
   complete the fifth feature, give each student in a pair
   a copy of Student Handout B3: ISN Guidelines &

5. Debrief all six features quickly. Explain to the
   students that it will be necessary to bring their
   notebook to class every day unless they are told

                                            Basic Training: Starting the School Year Right   3

Suggested Time: 10 minutes; complete for homework                “Going Digital”
1. Challenge students to create an editorial cartoon.
   Have students turn to page 4 of their interactive           Have students use a web
                                                               tool that allows them to
   student notebook. Tell them that you would like to          create their cartoon and
   challenge them to create an editorial cartoon.              share it. One possibility
                                                               is .
2. The subject of the cartoon should be on the ISN.
   Tell the students to use the interactive student
   notebook as the subject of their cartoon. The cartoon
   should include things that would explain features the
   features and benefits of the notebook.                           “What if”
3. Challenge students to use appropriate materials.
                                                               What if you don’t want
   Students can draw their cartoon and color it, or use        your students to create
   other means to create their cartoon.                        their own notebook using
                                                               a spiral? What if you
                                                               have a consumable
                                                               notebook instead? What
                                                               if you’d like your
                                                               students to include other
                                                               features not listed as part
                                                               of this activity? Teaching
                                                               is a private practice. This
                                                               way to set up the
                                                               notebook may differ from
                                                               what you like. Adjust
                                                               your matrix and materials
                                                               as needed. It is also
                                                               suggested to review the
                                                               Social Studies Alive (for
                                                               elementary) or Bring
                                                               Learning Alive (for
                                                               secondary) methods
                                                               books as a whole section
                                                               in both is devoted to
                                                               various configurations of
                                                               the interactive student

                                           Basic Training: Starting the School Year Right    4
                                                                     Student Handout B1: Buddy Clock

                                                                                Directions: When your teacher
                                                                                asks you to, circulate the room
                                                                                and get a different student to
                                                                                PRINT their first, last name by
                                                                                each hour on the clock. Here
                                                                                are a five rules to complete this
                                Print Your                                      1.   Print your name in the middle of
                                Name Here                                       2.
                                                                                     your clock on the line provided.
                                                                                     You may only get another
                                                                                     students name on your clock
                                                                                3.   When asking someone to sign a
                                                                                     particular hour on your clock,
                                                                                     you BOTH have to blanks by that
                                                                                4.   If you are having trouble finding
                                                                                     someone that has an opening for
                                                                                     a particular hour on the clock,
                                                                                     ask aloud, “Does anyone have an
                                                                                     opening for __ o’clock?”
                                                                                5.   Take your completed clock to
                                                                                     your teacher when all twelve
                                                                                     hours are filled.

                                        Can you also
 Want to be                                                                      I’m open at 10
                                          sign my 6
my 2 o’clock     I’ve already                             Are we                   o’clock, are
                                           o’clock                                                     Let me look.
appointment?    got someone                             allowed to                    you?
                                        appointment?                                                    No one has
                there, can we                            sign more
                                                                                                      signed my 10.
                   do that?                             than once?
           NO                                      NO                                        YES!
                                                   Student Handout B2: ISN Matrix

Notebook Feature    Two words to      Why is this feature     To Do List for You
                   describe feature     important?
                                                               Create a Table of Contents 
Notebook Setup                                               inside the front cover like the 
                                                               Number the TOC page 1

                                                                Create a bag with a glue 
Materials Used                                               stick, pack of colored pencils, 
                                                             and a pair of scissors from the 
                                                             supply area.

                                                               Cut out the Buddy Clock
Previews                                                       Glue it onto page 2
                                                               Add the title to your TOC

                                                               Fold this matrix in half
Reading Notes                                                  Glue it onto page 3
                                                               Add the title to your TOC.

                                                                On page 4 of the ISN, create 
Process Pages                                                a large rectangle on the top 
                                                             half of the page.
                                                                Add the title, “Cartoon 
                                                             About ISN” at the top and TOC.
                                                               Glue the “Notebook 
Notebook                                                     Expectations and Guidelines” 
Assessments                                                  to the inside‐back cover of the 
Student Handout B3: ISN Guidelines & Expectations

                                                    INTERACTIVE STUDENT NOTEBOOK GUIDELINES
                                                    What is the purpose of the notebook?
                                                    The purpose of the interactive notebook is to enable the student to be a creative, independent thinker and writer. Interactive
                                                    notebooks will be used for class notes as well as other activities where students will be asked to express their own ideas and
                                                    process the information presented by this class.
                                                    What materials will the student need?
                                                    *Spiral Notebook:
                                                    Spiral bound, College bound preferable
                                                    70 sheets to 100
                                                    11 x 8 ½ in.
                                                    Three holed punched
                                                    *Blue or Black Pens, Pencil, Colored Pencils or Crayons
                                                    How should the notebook be organized?
                                                    Students will get detailed instructions in class the first week of school, but what follows is the basic premise. The notebook
                                                    will be organized into a left side and a right side.
                                                    What goes on the Right Side of the Interactive Student Notebook?
                                                    The right side of the ISN is for class and reading notes. As students take notes, they will structure them so that key ideas are
                                                    clear and supported by examples from class instruction, discussions, or reading assignments.
                                                    What goes on the Left Side of the Interactive Student Notebook?
                                                    The left side of the ISN will be used for a variety of different activities, including homework. This side should be the place
                                                    where all of the creative and artistic inklings come busting out! Left side activities will ask the student to demonstrate
                                                    understanding of new ideas. The kinds of new activities for the left side are listed as follows:
                                                    “PREVIEW”: is an activity where the student will be asked to preview new material that will tie into the content of the
                                                    lesson. This activity relies on students’ prior knowledge and is meant to be something that EVERY student can answer.
                                                    “PROCESS”: an activity in which the student will be asked to present new ideas they learned from the lesson in a way that is
                                                    meaningful. For example, a student my show their understanding of new ideas by writing a poem or a story, drawing pictures,
                                                    making diagrams, drawing political cartoons, or writing a eulogy.
                                                    How will it be possible to earn an “A” on the Interactive Student Notebook?
                                                    A student who expects to receive an A- or higher grade on their notebook will be one who has taken the time to consistently
                                                    include thorough, neat, accurate, and colorful work.
                                                    How will the Interactive Student Notebook be graded?
                                                    Notebooks will be checked quarterly for neatness, accuracy, and completeness. All class notes and notebook assignments
                                                    should be included, even for days in which the student is absent. Students are personally responsible to check the MASTER
                                                    ISN I keep or MYSELF for work. Students can expect to have their notebooks checked twice first quarter and once a quarter
                                                    Where will the ISN be kept?
                                                    For the most part, the ISN will never leave the classroom. Only on days where there is an extended Process activity for
                                                    homework. A box to hold ISN’s for each period of American History will be left in the classroom.
                                                    What happens when the 70 page notebook runs out of paper?
                                                    Students will use one notebook per quarter. This eliminates the cumulative damage from day to day use over time.
                                                          Placard B1: Notebook Setup

Setting up the Interactive Notebook is extremely important. It’s also important to be
consistent. Notice that the Table of Contents allows the student to find their place
quickly. What other features in the set up of these notebooks allow students to find
and know what is on the pages?
                                                        Placard B2: Notebook Materials

The materials used to maintain the Interactive Student Notebook are critical. Look
at the following pages. What did the student use to create a good looking notebook?
Some of the pages look like handouts. What tools will be needed to get handouts
inside the notebook?
                                                         Placard B3: Notebook Previews

The first part of every lesson will begin with a preview. This part of the lesson is
usually 5 to 10 minutes. Sometimes students recall previous information.
Sometimes students share a thought on a possible scenario. When you hear the
word “preview,” what role do you think this plays in the lesson? Why would it be an
important part of the notebook?
                                                           Placard B4: Reading Notes

When the class moves into learning new content from an activity, textbook, lecture,
or other source of information, students take their notes around graphic organizers.
Note how both words and images are used to help the student to remember the key
information. Remember that this portion of the notebook is testable.
                                                       Placard B5: Notebook Processing

The class will engage in processing assignments at the end of each lesson. This is
the students opportunity to show what they know. Look at these examples of
process assignments, what are some characteristics? Would a student just be able
to memorize facts and complete these assignments? Why will these assignments
make you a better tester?
                                                     Placard B6: Notebook Assessment

From time to time, notebooks will be collected and assessed. The expectations and
guidelines for keeping your notebook will help you to be ready for these
assessments. While every page in your notebook may not be reviewed, all are fair

To top