An Interactive Student Notebook (ISN) is like a personalized textbook where student learning is the center idea. It is also a working portfolio – all of your notes, classwork, quizzes, etc. are in one convenient spot. Interactive Notebooks are a tool to strengthen student learning of curriculum (the input) through increased student participation (the output). The notebook is split into two parts or sections.
The left side (output) belongs to the students. It contains your warm-up or essential question (question mark) and the day’s activity (light bulb). On this page you may include diagrams, cartoons, drawings, poems, foldables, organizers, etc. These are referred to or also known as the odd numbered pages.
The right side (input) belongs to the teacher and should only contain teacher directed/guided notes. Nothing else should be placed on this page! The right side contains the notepad icon and will contain all the testable material. This can also be a spot where photos of anchor charts, mentor texts, and other whole class learning materials are located. These are referred to or also known as the even numbered pages.
This unit has all the materials needed to get your ISN set up and ready to use. However, there are a few additional materials you will need to purchase beyond these printables. You will need a spiral notebook, Duck Tape, and sheet protectors.
I also provide photos to help you set up your ISN as well as links to resources I found helpful when creating mine.