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    Interactive Notebooks
    By Lynne in VA

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    We keep interactive notebooks for science and social studies. On the right hand page we paste pictures and write notes using essential information format straight from the curriculum guides. On the facing left hand page the students make their own sense of the information by drawing and labeling pictures, creating thinking maps, making up rhymes or anything that helps them to remember the info.

    For instance, for ancient Rome, we may have them write about the Roman soldiers building roads across the empire. On the facing page they often draw pictures of the Roman soldiers building and marching on the roads. We also have an activity where they can create their own soldier and use tinfoil for shields and red crepe paper for the uniforms. These notebooks are divided into sections by content and are used to review information weekly as well as to review closer to the tests. Also, because grade-appropriate material is often lacking on these topics, this gives the students a "textbook" of sorts to study for their unit tests.

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