If you’ve followed along throughout my teaching journey, then you probably know how much of an interactive notebook fan I am! I’ve been using interactive notebooks in my classroom since my first year of teaching. We use them for reading, grammar skills, math, social studies, and science! I’m very big on organization and I feel that interactive notebooks are the best way to get kiddos to go back to previous activities and use them as a guide.
Well, interactive notebooks just got a WHOLE lot better because Five Star® has designed what every teacher has been dreaming about and waiting for: Notebooks designed specifically for interactive note taking!
FIVE STAR® school supplies has sponsored this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
You guys have NO IDEA how excited I am about this product! Their interactive notebook line includes four designs:
Mock Interactive Notebook
During the summer I like creating “mock” notebooks for my students. What exactly does that mean? Well, I set interactive notebook standards VERY high in my class. Therefore, I like showing them an example of what a neat and organized notebook should look like! We spend about two weeks at the beginning of the school year practicing cutting, glueing, using markers to outline, and flair pens to write. (Yes, even in third and fourth grade!)
So, I decided to create a mock notebook for my Third Grade Addition & Subtraction Interactive Notebook Product.
Interactive Notebook Organization
I’m loving the fact that these notebooks have page numbers and a side bar. I use the side bars for headings. However, students can also use them as side notes or to work out a math problem. The column on the left-hand side is also great for bulleted list.
Since my students number all of their pages, I always make sure to include a table of contents at the beginning of the notebook. Interactive note taking is not only engaging, but also an amazing reference tool. Keeping track of previous topics helps them have a review tool for assessments.
I know we’ve all been on the struggle bus with missing interactive notebook pieces. Unfortunately, when students don’t complete assignments on the same day, they tend to “misplace” all of their pre-cut pieces. I’ve tried giving them little baggies to store their pieces, but of course they “misplace” those as well. ? Now we can officially say goodbye to these excuses thanks to these amazing pockets!
The Five Star® Customizable Interactive Notebook and composition notebook even come with a front cover pocket!
I am SO excited about this product and will definitely be putting it at the top of my supply list this August! If you love interactive notebooks as much as I do, be sure to check out my post about how I use interactive notebooks in my classroom.