Writing Interactive Notebooks made easy!
I created these pages because I needed students to set up their writing interactive notebooks quickly at the beginning of the school year and have plenty of readily available reference materials. My students refer to these pages often, if not daily, to help them with their writing assignments.
Contents of this pack include:
Author Page: Students will color and fill out this page. Be sure to ask them to glue it into the front of their writing notebook. I love this page because it gives students some ownership in their writing notebook.
Table of Contents: Students will keep track of the contents of their writing notebooks with these pages. I usually have students paste 4 table of contents pages into their notebooks to provide plenty of space throughout the school year.
Spelling Dictionary: Spelling dictionaries are not just for early childhood! Even our older students need some spelling reminders. If I had a quarter for every time one of my 5th graders asked me how to spell a word... I’m sure you can relate! One thing that has saved my sanity is that whenever a student asks me to spell a word, I require him/her to bring their spelling dictionary along. That way, I only have to spell the word once per year and then the student will have the word recorded for future use. They will even help their classmates to spell the word, if needed!
Ditch that Boring Word!: These pages should be glued in after the spelling dictionary pages. I love this section because it provides alternatives for tired, boring words, like “said,” “bad,” and “good.” My students refer to this section almost daily during writing time!
Sparkle Words: I cannot tell you how much I love this section! Sparkle words are special words that make your writing sparkle. Some of these words may be unfamiliar to your students and that’s ok. I usually choose a couple of sparkle words a day to go over with students. They will write a quick definition of the word and look for every opportunity to use the sparkle word correctly in their writing!
Grab your audience!: On these pages, I listed several different ways to grab the attention of readers. My students use these grabbers at the beginning of their writing assignments.
Character Traits: When writing in narrative form, students need to be able to describe characters fully and completely. I refer my students to this chart to help them make their characters stand out.
Open Topic Writing Ideas: There will be times throughout the school year when you will want students to write on any topic they choose. Students will use this page to brainstorm and record everything they can think of that interests them. This page will be especially helpful to you when students come to you and say, “I can’t think of anything to write about!” Refer them back to this page in their notebooks!
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This blog post describes how I use these pages in my classroom:
How to Start Your Writing Interactive Notebooks at the Beginning of the Year
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