Interactive Notebooks in the Classroom

Hi there!
 It's been a while! It's been a crazy school year and let me just say that I praise those teachers that find the time to teach, TPT, network, blog, and deal with their personal lives. It's not an easy load! 
I finally got a product done for TPT and it only took me about....
75 months? That's pretty accurate...
Okay, okay... It took me a very long time to complete this product, but I am pretty content with the outcome. Mainly because it is something I incorporate in my classroom DAILY and has served as an amazing instructional tool. My students LOVE their interactive notebooks. They show them off with pride and take their time organizing resources and information neatly. (I tell them that administrators will walk in sporadically throughout the school year to look at their *BEAUTIFUL* notebooks) 

Grammar is also something I feel is essential in every day instruction. Specifically because I frequently come across adults that can't differentiate between 'they're', 'their', and 'there'. Grrrrr. 
This product was designed for my third graders and includes all of the third grade Common Core standards. However, I have taught second and fourth grade and find that the majority of these grammar skills are also touched up on in those grades. 

Interactive notebooks allow students the freedom to express themselves and visualize important concepts. They serve as a note-taking tool and personal resource. Nonetheless, they also include practice of each skill, which can be used as classwork or assessments.

Let's keep in mind that there is lots of cutting and gluing involved when creating pages for interactive notebooks. It can  will get messy!

 Here are some tips:

- Request each student to bring an empty pouch at the beginning of the year. This is a great place to store pieces that have been cut out and haven't been glued yet. I tried using ziplock bags for these pieces, but my students kept losing their bags. (10 boxes of ziplock bags later, I realized a pencil pouch was a better idea.) 

- Get a small garbage can for each table/group. I bought mine at the Dollar Tree and they're great! The table captain gets them from the shelf whenever we start a cutting activity. 

-Fill their caddies with supplies- this way students do not have to get up to get glue, scissors, crayons, etc. 

-Sometimes students can cut the pieces at home and bring them in the following day to assemble their notebooks. I usually do this for bigger projects that are a more time-consuming.

Now, here's a sneak peak inside some of the pages of my Grammar Interactive Notebook

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    1. I love this resource!! I have one question what do you put under the flap that says 'What words get abbreviated?"


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