SCIENCE INTERACTIVE
NOTEBOOK CONSTRUCTION and INFORMATION
An Interactive Notebook is more than a
notebook used to take notes. It is a process of using many aspects of learning
and thinking. The more ways that students use and apply information, the better
the student will understand and be able to apply the information.
The Interactive Notebook may be used to:
process information, take notes, do labs, practice problems, review
information, study for tests and apply skills to show an understanding of the
information covered in class. There is NO EXCUSE for not having a notebook or
being to find equations, diagrams, concepts or definitions at any point in time
during class.
The notebook must be a spiral or
otherwise bound notebook. The minimum size is a 70 page spiral bound binder
(this size usually fills up in ONE semester). Three ring binders are NOT
allowed. Pages are NEVER removed from the INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK. If handouts or
photocopies need to be added to the notebook, glue will be used to attach the
information to the pages bound to wire.
Sample pages to use and glue into the interactive notebook are
included at the end of this packet. The PDF files of those pages may be
downloaded at www.teachworth.info (look for the AVID
link). Word files of those pages may be obtained by emailing
martinteachworth@hotmail.com.
The notebook should
follow a specific format (adapt it for YOUR use):
BEFORE ATTACHING ANY PAGES!
Left Page #
(Processing) Even
Numbered Pages 
Right Page # (Input) Odd
Numbered Pages 
1.
The Score sheet
will increase the interaction of students with other students as well as the
teacher.
2.
It will increase
collaboration between students.
3.
It will increase
the quality and amount of work done by students.
4.
It will increase
the discussion time between students and the teacher while decreasing the total
amount of time needed outside of class for grading and recording papers.
5.
Glue the Score
Sheet onto the back of the Table of Contents page
1. The
Rubric sheet describes the general, basic criteria for assignments
2.
The Rubric sheet
will be used when students review assignments of themselves or other students.
3.
The Rubric sheet
will increase calm discussion and collaboration between students.
4.
It will increase
the discussion time between students and the teacher while decreasing the total
amount of time needed outside of class for grading and recording papers. TYPES OF ASSIGNMENTS Samples to use
are included
1.
The Types of
Assignments sheets describe different special assignments and useful
information. It serves as a quick reference for students when having to do
different types of assignments
2. The
Rubric sheet will be used when students review assignments of themselves or
other students.
5.
The Rubric sheet
will increase calm discussion and collaboration between students.
6.
It will increase
the discussion time between students and the teacher while decreasing the total
amount of time needed outside of class for grading and recording papers.
Date 
What was LEARNED

Adult / Signature

General Suggestions and Helpful Hints
v
Make
it work for you – adapt what works for your teaching style and students.
The concept of WICR with emphasis on analyzing information is what is
important, not the use of the exact handout in the stated order.
v
Warn
students ahead of time to purchase a spiral binder. Have some extra binders for forgetful students or students
transferring into the class.
v
Strongly
suggest students collect and store at least one color of highlighter, several
colored pencils and a ruler as standard supplies. Collect old crayons and cheap
markers and store them for student use. If the students do not like what you
have, let them bring their own.
v
Encourage
students to get binders with at least 70 pages. Pages without perforations to
make pages easy to tear out are MUCH better at making a longer lasting
interactive notebook.
v
Setting
up an interactive notebook takes about 50 minutes of class time (one period)
for slower students.
v
Scissors
or a paper cutter  Plan on students trimming the handouts to fit onto the
lined paper.
v
Glue
 It is suggested that white or school glue be used instead of glue sticks as
the white glue is cheaper and holds better over time. A little goes a LONG way
– students will soak the papers and cause the pages to create a
sedimentarytype layer of pages. Dot Method – use a set pattern of small
dots of glue to fasten pages in place to conserve glue and avoid gluing pages
together.
v
Patience
is a NECESSITY – It MAY take about 2 to 3 weeks to slowly introduce
Cornell note use, how to do weekly grading of the notebooks, how to grade special
assignments, to introduce all the types of special assignments and how to do
lab or other types of assignments in the notebook. Introducing the parts and
methods over a few weeks to make it easier to understand and not as overwhelming
for students.
v
Make
it work for you – make up extra packets of the pages to be glued into the
notebook and store them near the extra notebooks. Have student assistants or
responsible students assemble several extra notebooks for students that
transfer in after notebooks are assemble. Students transferring into the class
can be given a packet and shown by another student on how to physically put the
notebook together.
v
Assemble
ONE notebook for each period taught. Use the notebook as a model to help keep
students on track and organized through the semester.
v
A
student or group to mentor the new student is essential or the new student will
be overwhelmed.
v
Listen,
watch and learn from the students. Encourage feedback of what is liked, disliked
and what works best so each use of the interactive notebook becomes smoother
and stronger.