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Integrating the Interactive Student Notebook in your classroom. The of the Matter. I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand . Confucius ( 551 BC - 479 BC) Chinese Philosopher & Reformer. What is an Interactive Student Notebook (ISN)?. Personalized textbook

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Integrating the

Interactive Student Notebook

in your classroom

The of the Matter

I hear and I forget.

I see and I remember.

I do and I understand.

Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)

Chinese Philosopher & Reformer

What is an Interactive Student Notebook (ISN)?

  • Personalized textbook

  • Working Portfolio

  • Study Guide

  • Reflection Tool

  • Assessment Tool

  • Collection of learning strategies

Why use an Interactive Student Notebook?

Interactive Student


Interactive Student Notebook:

*Promotes Organization and Study Skills

*Incorporates reading and writing strategies to aid in comprehension and deepen content knowledge

*Applies sheltered instructional strategies within this model to accommodate ESL students.

*Incorporates instructional accommodations strategies to address the needs of special education students.

*Utilizes specific writing strategies to help students realize their own writing potential and to recognize their growth towards the STAAR standards.

Interactive Student


Purposes of an ISN

  • Incorporates graphic organizers

  • Thinking Maps

  • Foldables

  • Includes visuals

  • Builds academic vocabulary

  • Builds note-taking skills (Cornell Notes)

  • May be used daily

  • ISNs become a portfolio of individual learning

  • Great resource (homework, quiz, test, college prep)

The importance of a Teacher ISN

Why is it important for the teacher to have an ISN?

Models teacher expectations for students

Accountability for the teacher

Reflection Tool to improve lessons

Aids with student absences

Interactive Student


Personalizing the Cover


Materials for personalizing your ISN

Create a cover for your ISN.

You will need:

  • A composition book

  • Pictures from magazines or photographs

  • Markers

  • Scissors

  • Glue sticks

  • Clear Packaging Tape

  • Your imagination!

Personalizing the Cover

Front Cover: Personal

Back Cover: Content

Interactive Student


Interactive Student


Personalizing the Cover

Front Cover: Personal

Back Cover: English Content

Guidelines for ISN Cover

  • No revealing or provocative pictures or photos.

  • No references to drugs, tobacco or alcohol whatsoever.

  • No inappropriate language, mottos, slogans etc.

  • No blank space allowed on the cover, entire book should be covered.

  • I must always proof student ISN covers BEFORE students use clear packaging tape.

Setting up the inside of the ISN

What goes in an ISN?

•Title Page

• Interactive Student Note Book Guidelines

  • Table of Contents (5 Pages)

  • Assignment Grade Sheet (3- 5 Pages)

  • Numbering (1-50)

  • “Appointment Clock”

  • Ribbon to be used as a bookmark?

  • Glossary/Index???

  • Pocket (inside covers)

Interactive Student Notebook Guidelines

What is the purpose of the ISN?The purpose of the ISN is to enable you to be a creative, independent thinker and writer. Interactive notebooks will be used for class notes and activities in which you will be asked to express your own ideas and process the information presented in class. ISNs will help organize the content covered during class and should be used as a reference tool for completing assignments.

What materials do I need?Composition Book, Magazines, Scissors, Glue Stick, Markers /Colored Pencils, Pens/Pencils

What goes in my ISN?We will use graphically organized visuals to help you take notes, structuring them so that key ideas are clear and supported by examples from class activities, discussions, or other assignments. Your notebook will be used for a variety of different activities to preview learning and process new content to demonstrate understanding.

How will my ISN be graded?See ISN Grading Rubric on the next page.

What happens if I’m absent?If you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain notebook assignments from a classmate or from the Interactive Teacher Notebook.

_______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________Student Signature Date Parent Signature Date

ISN Guidelines

Title Page

Title Page

Title Page

Jane Doe

Interactive Student Notebook

Teacher’s Name

Course Name

School Year

Title Page


Page #

Table of Contents

Make 5 pages of

Table of Contents

on the front and back of each page.



Begin numbering the top outside corner of each page

Begin numbering pages 1-50

Stamp orGrade

Title Page

Assignment Stamp (or Grade) Sheet


Page #

T. Of C. , pages #

Character Collage


10 pts./12 pts. = 83

Start with the last page and make 5 pages of the Assignment Stamp Sheet

on the front and back of each page.

My Appointment Clock


  • This activity involves an “Appointment Clock,” which is a way arranging for interaction with a partner.

  • Get up from your seats and catch the eye of someone you do not know.

  • Introduce yourself and exchange notebooks.

  • Starting at the 12 o’clock position on your “appointment clock,” write your name in that person’s notebook and vice versa.

  • Now locate another person you do not know and do the same for the 3 o’clock position.

  • Continue the process with 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock.

Character Collage

Must contain 5 illustrations representing things that are of importance to you.

Must contain 5 words or phrases that represent you.

Has one quote that captures your view in life.

Is decorated with at least three colors.

Taking Notes

Left Side

Right Side

Teacher Input

Student Output

*Students take notes during lectures and class discussions.

*Students record reading notes from their textbooks, literature or primary sources.

*This information should be regarded as “testable” and should be structured so that key ideas and concepts are clear.

*Students process new ideas

*Students use illustrations, charts, poetry, colors, matrices and cartoons to understand new content.

*Students explore opinions, clarify values, wonder “what if” and ask new questions about new ideas.

*Students express feelings and reactions.

*Students review what they have learned and preview what the will be learning.

Thinking about Foldables

Teachers will create different foldables.

Think of other ways foldable can be used for a specific content lesson.

Share out ideas with grade levels.

Share out with the entire group.

Answer the following question on the next available page in your ISN:

“What are the four concepts in your content area that students find most challenging to learn?”

  • Create a “Large Vocabulary Book” or “4- Door Foldable” labeled with the four concepts

  • Brainstorm with your table group to determine interventions/strategies that will help students to better grasp each concept.

  • List these items beneath each “door” or “flap”

The Frayer Model(Processing Assignment for Science)


Frayer Model Foldable

The Diamond 4 Door or “Quilt”

1. Fold the top edge of the paper so that it is even with the side edge of the paper. Fold the remaining flap of paper even with the edge that you have folded down.

2. Cut the small flap from the bottom of the paper to make a square. Discard the small flap.

3. Fold the square so that the opposite corners touch. Unfold the paper to reveal an “X”.

4. Fold all of the corners of the square

into the center of the X.

12 Powerful Words

1. Trace 7. Support

2. Analyze 8. Explain

3. Infer 9. Summarize

4. Evaluate 10. Compare

5. Formulate 11. Contrast

6. Describe 12. Predict


  • Examples

  • The 3 Tab

  • The Booklet

  • The Tri-Fold

  • The 4 Door

  • The Diamond 4 Door

  • Circle Inlay

  • Diamond / Octagon

  • Isosceles Triangle

  • The Panorama

  • Accordion Fold

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