This is the first activity I have my students glue into their Social Studies notebooks. This is a short reading assignment that asks students to highlight and circle information as they read. There are questions to fill out after reading.
To make the "text mini-book" cut the reading page in half, then staple together. Place 1 drop of glue in each corner and glue to the left side of the notebook. After you have checked the answer page, cut apart and staple, then glue on the right-hand page.
This is a great introduction to social studies!
To follow along with my social studies notebooking, see my blog: www.fearless5thgrade.blogspot.com