Graphic Organizers and Interactive NotebooksMath and ScienceCarol Bauer and Sheryl Roberts2004-2005
What are Interactive Notebooks?A note taking process that allows students to record information in a personal and meaningful way.A way for students use teacher supplied notes to draw whatever illustration makes sense to them.A way for students to personalize their work.
This ProcessCan be challengingTakes a bit of patienceRequires modeling, modeling, modelingMust consistently be reinforcedTakes time to learn both for the teacher and for the students to develop their own style
The PayoffIs a way for students to organize their workTeaches students how to thinkUses reading strategies within a content area, such as science or mathHelps students to distinguish between what they know and what they need to focus on
And FinallyStudents make their own meaningful connectionsIt encourages pride in student workIt encourages cooperative learningIt appeals to multiple intelligencesThe kids love it and learn so much!
Interactive Notebooks Can be in pencil, crayon, or colored pencils
Are personal and unique to each student
Allow students to doodle or draw in their notebook and still be on task!
In an Interactive Notebook, Key ideas are underlined in color or highlightedArrows are used to show relationships between graphics and notesDiagrams, sketches, cartoons, charts, graphic organizers, songs, really anything can be included
Interactive Notebooks Allow Students toRecord information in an engaging wayRehearse and retell informationDiscuss and accept others ideasIdentify main ideasParaphraseTransform written concepts into visualsBecome more independent thinkers
What will be in it?Class notes, activities, and lab notes
Vocabulary words, math formulas, timelines and anything else
How Do I Get Started?Identify which subject and unit you want to begin withLet students know what supplies are requiredMake sure you have copies of notes for each student
What Students NeedThe notebook-loose leaf paper in a three pronged folder, spiral notebook, or composition bookPencils, regular and coloredLiquid glue or a glue stickScissorsRulerTeacher supplied notesGrading expectations
How is it Organized?1) The Notebook has a title page
2) Table of contents
3) Teacher supplied notes
4) Student created graphics/notes
THE NOTEBOOKS COVERStudents notebooks should be easily recognizable to each student.
Lets BeginCreate a title page for the notebook. This includes students name and number, and any other information you think is important. Students enjoy illustrating this page.
Number the title page #1. On the back of PAGE #1, number it as PAGE #2. Odd numbers will always on the right side pages, and even numbers will always be on the left. There will be NO blank pages.
Pages are NEVER torn out. Notebooks must be kept neat because students will need them to study for the SOLs in May.
Table of ContentsThis is the students organizing page.It can be as detailed as the students wantIt will help you evaluate their work and comprehensionIs an outline of their notebook and can be filled in as they go or completed at the end of the unit. It is easier to fill in as you go!Make sure students leave enough room, especially for big units
Table of Contents Example
Lets Go! Make a decision how you want to place your notes and be consistentOn one side will be notes and on the other side will be pictures, timelines, memory maps, cartoons, or graphic organizers that may explain students notes
Before We Begin, You Should Haveset of Ocean notesscissorsglue stickpencils, plain and coloredrulerpaper-fold in half length-wise
Cut and PasteJust Like Kindergarten!Next, we cut out the notes and paste it on one side of the notebook. Then we draw an arrow to the other side of the page. Leave enough room for student connections. Box in your notes.
Marking Up and Boxing InBlock in the text, make a line separating this information from other notes Underline key concepts and circle words you need to knowNext, draw an arrow to the other side of the notebook and box inParaphrase your notes and create your graphics
Paraphrasing (Optional)Paraphrasing takes a lot of modeling and is not learned easily.
Students rewrite teacher supplied notes in their words. This gives them ownership and makes them think about their notes.
Graphics/ Student NotesStudents draw pictures of their notes, create charts, diagrams, cartoons-- whatever they want.Teacher must be able to identify what is being explained.This allows for various learning styles and allows students to be imaginative and creative--experiment!
Sample of Student NotesOcean EcosystemsCoral ReefsTide Pools
Sample of Student NotesOcean TrenchOcean RidgeEstuary
Do they Understand It?All information that is tested can be found in their notebooks If a student misses an item on a quiz, they can locate that info in their notebooks and mark that page-usually with a sticky post it note
Studying with Interactive NotebooksRead the notes. Marking up and highlighting key concepts helps them to focus on main ideas.
Paraphrasing helps them to process the information.
Studying the graphics help students to create pictures in their minds. This is a fundamental difference between good and poor readers.
What Goes in the Back of the Notebook?
handouts and quizzes and any other notes
How is the Notebook graded?Explain rubric to studentsConferencing-teacher and peerNotebooks are collected the day of the final examNotebooks may be collected with or without notice, so.students MUST have their notebook everyday.
Notebook RubricNotebook grades will be based on:Thoroughness (Every page must be complete)Organization / NeatnessMark upsBoxing inGraphics
RememberStudent work is recorded in an interactive notebook Students are required to bring the notebook EVERY DAYNotebooks should be well cared for, so they can last throughout the school YEAR
Its that simple!!!You can do it! We did and the kids loved it!
CreditsClassroom Instruction That Works!by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane PollackSharon Miles and Amanda DonnellyHistory Alive! www.historyalive.com