My “Less Mess” Fiction Interactive Notebook Activities (for Reading/Literature) allow for two simple steps: cut around the border and glue it in. That’s it! They are perfect for teachers who may have their students for just one short period per day. However, if you are a big fan of the “folds and flaps” that usually come with interactive notebooks, this resource can be a nice supplement to add to what you already have or to use on days when you may have less time.
The pages are designed so that they will work in spiral notebooks, composition books, three hole binders, or as individual activity pages if you are not yet fully ready to commit to interactive notebooks in your classroom.
Each reading skill has a blank note page (with sample). This allows you to either use the definitions from the samples or use your own. Each skill also has practice and creative pages to accompany the learning.
Many activities are tailored right to Common Core by requiring students to include text-based evidence for their answers (and pages on using evidence-based terms are also included).
Options for Use
• Understanding Setting (with Sample)
• Elements of Setting
• Using the Senses for Setting/Mood/Atmosphere: Music
• Video/Sensory Poem Activity (with Samples)
• Floss Activity (Using the Senses for Setting)
• Location Activity (Using the Senses for Setting)
• Identifying the Setting of a Story (Using the Senses)
• Understanding Plot (with Sample)
• Plot Roller Coaster (with Key)
• Plot Note Page (with Sample)
• What's the Plot? ("The Three Little Pigs") with Key
• What's the Plot? ("Cinderella") with Key
• What's the Plot? (Any Story)
• Writing a Summary
• Creating a Storyboard (with Sample)
• Somebody Wanted But So Then...
• Understanding Theme (with Sample)
• Identifying Theme in Fables
• Theme: "The Fox and the Crow"
• Theme: "The Ant and the Grasshopper"
• Theme: "The Tortoise and the Hare"
• Theme in Fairy Tales
• Theme: The Message in the Text
• Understanding Conflict (with Sample)
• Four Types of Conflict Note Page (with Sample)
• Identifying Conflict Practice (with Key)
• Four Types of Conflict Activity Page (with Sample)
• Character vs. Character Text Message
• Character vs. Character Email
• Understanding Characterization (with Sample)
• Character Traits Reference Page
• Identifying Character Traits Practice
• Character Analysis in a Story (One Character)
• Identifying Character Traits in a Story (Multiple Characters)
• Music with Character
• The Perfect Gift
• My Favorite Character
• Characterization Compare/Contrast
Using Evidence-Based Terms
• Prove It! (with Sample)