A few years back when I was teaching a bilingual class it was very difficult to find material in Spanish to support my students' work and my lessons. I decided to translate what I needed for my students from the Fountas and Pinnell’s “Reader's Notebook".
Some other materials I thought would be helpful to the notebook were also added. At that time I bounded the notebooks but later decided to hole punch the pages and put them in a binder. It worked much better. The students were able to add pages for their responses as needed and I didn't have to take home a large quantity of notebooks to grade. They just took out from the binder the pages I needed to grade and kept the notebook to continue with their responses.
How I used the notebook:
1. I made copies of these pages back to back on thick paper. (It helped not to see the shadow of the previous page but regular copier paper is fine)
2. I hole punched the pages to fit in a three ring binder. (The size is up to you but anything less than an inch and a half will get crowded)
3. After page 14 (Friendly letter from the teacher) I added the writing pages where the students wrote their book responses. (Loose leaf notebooks pages work just as well.)
4. The table of content page was added later and it’s optional. It helps to keep track of the lessons that were taught and made the students accountable of the material.
5. After page 24 I usually added graphic organizers as I introduced them. Thinking maps are a good choice too.
If you are interested in the English only version or on the bilingual version (both Spanish and English) please let me know in your comments.