Interactive notebook, notebooking, Product Suggestions, Unit Study

Notebooking – What is it?

Notebooking is the coined term for what one can also be referred to as educational journaling or scrapbooking.

Essentially, the idea is to create a compilation of what has been learned and experienced in any number of subjects or activities and organize it in a notebook (or binder).

Notebooking is designed to capture the knowledge as well as personal reflections of what has been learned. There are two primary essentials needed in creating a notebook:

  • A visual component
  • A written component.

These two components work together to convey what a student has learned from his/her lessons. Instead of filling in worksheets or answering a list of discussion questions to test what a student has learned, you are giving students the opportunity to “show” and “tell” in a variety of ways what has been learned!

Benefits of Notebooking:

  • Student Centered
    – Students are more ‘in charge’ of what they add to their notebooking projects.
    – Often, students are allowed to choose topics that interest them
    – Learning can easily be tailored to each students learning style
  • Fosters investigation and organization
    One of the most important skills that any student can and should learn is to be able to determine ‘where and how ‘ to find relevant information on any topic of study. This is actually more important than filling one’s head with stacks of information because no one can ever know everything. We need to be able to know where to go to find information and how to get that information.
  • Helps students process information in more depth
    It is scientifically proven that children are better able to recall information when it has been written down. So, as students learn to investigate and organize information, they can better process the information being learned through notebooking. Why? Handwriting allows a child’s brain to receive feedback from an their motor actions which ties to motor memory. This results in different connections and results than when an individual types notes. (Read more about why to teach handwriting here.)

Basic List of Supplies to Get Started:

  • Paper and/or Templates
  • Pencil and/or Pen and Colored pencils and/or Crayons
  • Hole punch
  • Binder
  • Sheet protectors
  • Highly recommended (Pre-made Notebooking Units from My Teaching Library)

Additional Supplies Great to Have on Hand:

  • Colored Paper
  • Heavy-weight papers or card stock
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Chalks
  • Markers
  • Paints
  • Glue and/or Tape
  • Border Stencils
  • Lettering Stencils

Examples of Notebooking Pages:

These images come from My Teaching Library’s Paraguay Country Study | Notebooking Unit

These images come from My Teaching Library’s Mink | Notebooking Pages

These images come from My Teaching Library’s US Presidents Notebooking and Mini-Books | Volume 4

These images come from My Teaching Library’s Harriet Tubman – U.S. History Notebooking Project

This image come from My Teaching Library’s U.S. Elections: A Student-Centered Project-Based Unit

These images come from My Teaching Library’s 50 U.S. States | Interactive Social Studies

There are so many notebooking resources on My Teaching Library!

Having a pre-made notebooking unit makes it easy to implement within your lesson planning…and once your students are fully accustom at creating notebooking projects, if you don’t find something pre-made, they can easily begin to create their own!!

Finding all of the pre-made notebooking units available on My Teaching Library is easy! On the site, simply click on “Educational Resources” and then under Miscellaneous, click on “Interactive Learning”!

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Product Suggestions

My Teaching Library Product Highlights

Here are this week’s product highlights…

Your kiddos will love learning to read with this fun, interactive phonics resource as they actively color, cut, paste, and write and learn words from the -at word family. This product focuses on CVC words but as a bonus, I’ve thrown in some optional CCVC words to expand learning!

Cross-curricular and engaging, this resource will have students use a variety of Language Arts skills and activities as they learn about this important woman of history! Earhart was an American aviation pioneer. She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots!

Looking for fun Winter Math activities? Check out my Snowman Graphing for 2nd and 3rd Grades unit. Your students will have fun creating unique ‘dressed’ snowmen. After all are complete, the graphing activity(ies) can begin! Great as a whole class activity, or in cooperative groups and/or centers. This has been created for 2nd and 3rd grades, however younger or older students might enjoy as well.

Combining Geography and Art, students will discover the state flower for each of the 50 U.S. States! Each page has a large state flower to color + the state name. Whether you are studying each state or simply want to provide some fun but educational activities to your classroom, students will enjoy this resource.

This Science resource has been designed to help students learn the phases of cellular division / reproduction through the process of mitosis. Phases outlined: Interphase, Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophase and Cytokinesis. I’ve include both color and b/w posters / handout, with and without explanations of what actually occurs during each phase.


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Layered Research Assignments – Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning

A layered research assignment gives students the opportunity to delve deeply into a topic and give students a variety of tasks from which to choose, all designed to guide and build a meaningful learning experience. Also, when using this layered approach, students will move through Bloom’s Taxonomy of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

My Teaching Library offers this easy to use resource that will guide students through (step by step) the three layers of research and can be used with any topic. Since this resource can be used for any topic, it can be used again and again!

The three layers of research:
* The first (bottom) layer will give students 9 tasks of which they will perform all of them. This layer will help students get a good grasp of the topic and begin to gather the materials they will need to create a great project, (knowledge and comprehension).

* For the second (middle) layer, students are given 6 tasks of which they will choose to complete 4. Here, students will continue to gain knowledge and comprehension as well as begin applying (application), analyzing (analysis) and even some synthesizing (synthesis) of what is being learned.

* For the third (top) layer, students are given 9 tasks of which they will choose to complete 6. This top layer of tasks is truly designed for students to move further into synthesizing and evaluating (evaluation) of the material that has been studied.

As students progress from one layer to the next using this approach, they will move throughout, up and down, Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning and will have been able to not only learn about their chosen topic but will have demonstrated that learning in tangible ways.

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Add some Spring Themed Lessons!

Spring officially arrived March 20th and depending on where you live, it still could be a few more weeks before the signs begin to appear. Here in the Denver area, it’s ‘spring’ one moment and snowing the next (giggle)!

Whether you are visibly seeing the signs of spring or not, I want to share resources with you that will be perfect to use this time of year: insects, plants, life cycles, butterflies and birds!



Life Cycles



Also, My Teaching Library has general spring resources as well!


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October, Product Suggestions, Uncategorized

Mid-October Activities and Lessons

Isn’t it amazing just how fast time goes by?! It is hard to believe it is mid October already! I live in Colorado and just last night we had a huge cold front move in from the north. Needless to stay, there was a lot of wind and I have leaves everywhere!

This made me think how much I used to love doing leaf activities with my son when he was younger. So…today I want to share a few you can find on My Teaching Library!

Shape Book – Maple Leaf
Students love to create and this resource, Shape Book – Maple Leaf, will give them a fun template to create! Whether they are publishing a story, a poem or a brief report about Autumn (Fall), their work will be extra special to them using these Maple Leaf templates.

Autumn Art | Leaf Mobile
Create a colorful autumn leaf mobile with the included leaf templates!

Autumn Art | Leaf Relief
Here is a quick art project for the Fall! Students will have fun creating a lasting leaf relief that they can keep for years to come.

My Teaching Library has a lot of other fun activities that would be perfect for this time of year! Here are 3 of the many available…

October: Color the Picture & Write a Story
This resources has 20 different October / Fall-themed scenes, students can color the picture on each and then write a story that goes along with the picture.

My Pumpkin Lapbook
This interactive unit for students will allow them to create a cute LAPBOOK about PUMPKINS! Great to use anytime, especially in October or November during the Fall Holidays.In the resource you’ll find vocabulary, vocabulary cards, life cycle, parts of a pumpkin, pumpkin book templates to answer questions such as “Native American uses for pumpkin”, “Nutritional value of pumpkins” and more. Also included: Explanation / Instructions for lapbooking.


Because mid-October often has people thinking about creepy crawly things (like spiders…ewww), I’ve just created a resource for learning the life cycle of a spider…

Spider Life Cycle | Poster and Activities
Want to study the life cycle of a spider? Here is a resource for you!
This resource Includes:
– 2 labeled posters (color and b/w) – life cycle coloring page
– colorful center activity
– 2 cut-n-paste worksheets

I’ve also just added a new, fun Fall writing activity…

Fall Chaos | Creative Writing Activity
FUN Fall writing activity. Use as a lesson assignment or in a writing center. Using this resource, students will roll one die 4 times and use the chart to help determine the character, setting, weather and conflict that should be in their story. Then, they will plan out their story on given pages:
– Character Planner
– Setting Planner
– Story Planner

After all planning is complete, they will write their stories!

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