For those of you who are unsure of what an interactive notebook is, it is a notebook (composition, spiral, or even a binder - whatever you choose) that allows students to be independent and creative writers and thinkers. Each notebook is specific to each teacher and there are many different ways to set it up. Take a look at some of these great websites for more ideas!
I set mine up where the left side is for learning and the right side is for the student's response or reflection. I know this is pretty backward from what most others do, but I'm too OCD and like things left to right how we learn them, lol, and the matching letters (L-L and R-R) seem to help my students remember. On the left side is where my students write notes, vocabulary, video notes, fill in printed off guides, glue in foldables that we create in class, basic questions, etc. The right side I use as their reflections. I'm starting off by telling them which activity to do on the right side but with their own input and ideas. As the year continues and they become more familiar with the different types of activities for the reflections, I will let them pick their own. Here are some websites with great right side ideas!
I use this activity table and have even added a few more! I cannot remember where I found this, during one of my many Google searches, but if anyone knows the creator please let me know so I can thank them profusely and give them credit! If you click the picture below it will take you to six pages of wonderful activities. :o)
The first day I introduced the notebook the students and I created the Table of Contents and numbered pages 1-5. I didn't want kids to get too comfortable with the numbering and go ahead without me, so I'm taking it a chunk at a time.
Our first page in our SSIN was a Personal Sensory Figure. A Sensory Figure is one of the right side activities where students draw a character from a story or a historical figure and then write down what they sense: feel (can do actual touch and emotion), smell, see, hear, taste, and even something they have done/accomplished. The example I used with my kids was Harriet Tubman: she can smell the damp earth when hiding in the basements of homes on the underground railroad, she feels hope for the future, she hears peoples cries and concerns and wants to help them, etc. This is a great way for students to show you that they truly understand their historical figure or character. For the beginning of the year I thought they could each draw a personal sensory figure because who do they know better than themselves?! Here is my personal sensory figure (don't judge the drawing, lol)!
There is the beginning of my SSIN! I will be posting all the pages and creations as I go so if you have any ideas to help along the way I would LOVE to hear them. As you can tell from the Table of Contents we have already begun our Geography Unit. Those pages will be coming soon but next up is European Explorers!