Interactive Reading Notebook * Book Reports & Comprehension Strategies

Teacher Karma
Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
Formats Included
  • PDF
171 pages
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Interactive Reading Notebook to use with ANY Fiction Book! There are over 100 foldables and activities included in this resource.

This product will accompany almost any fiction book that you use in your classroom. There are interactive activities that focus on whole book comprehension {book reports}, as well as foldables that reinforce once specific strategy or skill. This resource also works great as an added resource to Guided Reading or intervention groups.

Test prep doesn't have to be boring! The Reading Notebook is perfect for responding to literature and includes critical thinking skills, making connections to text, strategies for comprehending text, and pinpointed comprehension skills.

The activities can easily be completed in a whole class setting, small group, intervention group {RTI}, individual student, or used in a literacy center.

A 30 page Teacher's Guide is included to help prepare yourself, your students, and your classroom for using Interactive Reading Notebooks. It includes very detailed information as well as instructions and photos to follow.

Using this resource in your classroom will benefit your students' reading comprehension skills:


  • Story elements
  • Setting
  • Problem & solution
  • Key events
  • Main idea
  • Genre
  • Character traits
  • Compare & contrast characters
  • Changes in characters
  • Character feelings
  • Beginning, middle & end
  • Sequence
  • Chain of events
  • Summary
  • Somebody Wanted But So Then
  • Before, During & After
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Cause & effect
  • Author's message
  • Author's purpose
  • Point of view
  • Figurative language {metaphor, simile}
  • Vocabulary
  • Context clues
  • Frayer Model
  • Fact & opinion
  • Text connections
  • Text-to-self
  • Text-to-text
  • Text-to-world
  • Question the text
  • K-W-L
  • Making predictions
  • Visualizing
  • Making inferences

Included in this 171 page Interactive Reading Notebook resource:

Teacher's Guide: 30 page resource that will successfully prepare you to use the Interactive Reading Notebook system in your classroom. Components include:

  • How to get started
  • Suggested materials
  • Teaching expectations
  • Step by step directions with pictures for creating the foldables
  • Tips and tricks for success
  • Planning information
  • Suggestions for problem solving
  • Organization tips

Besides the 100+ interactive reading comprehension foldables that are included, this kit also includes the following:

Reading Notebook covers:

  • There are 10 different cover versions for students to choose from. Versions include black and white, color, and a blank one that students can design themselves.

About the Author:

  • The About the Author page gives students ownership of the Reading Notebook as it is all about them as a reader and writer.

Table of Contents:

  • There are 8 different Table of Contents versions. Included is a Complete Work Check System. Students put a check on the Table of Contents when the assignment is completed, colored, and glued into the notebook. It makes it easy for students to see what still needs to be finished and simple for teachers to see if all work is completed.

Grading Rubrics:

  • Grading rubrics include evaluations for one assignment, whole Reading notebook, self & teacher, 3 check dates {semester}, 6 check dates {year}. 6 grading rubrics are included.

Still Working Pocket:

  • The Still Working Pocket will give your students a place to put their unfinished interactive pieces and keep them from getting lost.

Additional components:

  • Lost & Found sign
  • Extra Copies label
  • Monday - Friday labels
  • Crate label


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Thank you for checking out TEACHER KARMA! Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns with this product.

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Best Wishes!

Jen Bradshaw

Total Pages
171 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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