We are back this week to bring you more Smashing Strategies for Guided Math!! In my last post I discussed different options for Math Warm-Ups. Today I am excited to share how you can incorporate Interactive Notebooks into your math block!!
What are Interactive Notebooks?
Interactive Notebooks can take on many different forms. Some teachers use them for taking notes and drawing illustrations and examples. Other teachers use more structured templates, including foldable pieces that require cutting and pasting. I prefer a balance of the two. When I refer to notebooks in my classroom as being “interactive”, I am referring to them as a tool that my students will “interact” with throughout the year, whether it be when they are taking notes on a brand new concept, or using them as a reference when solving problems independently.
How to Use Interactive Notebooks:
I have been using Interactive Notebooks for math in my classroom for the past 5 years, and I am constantly changing the ways that I use them. Interactive notebooks can be used in a variety of ways…
- You can use Interactive Notebooks to introduce new concepts and skills, in which students take notes and include sample problems and illustrations.
- They can be used to review or reinforce previously taught concepts and skills.
- Interactive Notebooks are great for test preparation! They can be used as a countdown to standardized tests, reviewing different concepts and skills each day leading up to the test.
Interactive Notebooks in My Classroom:
As with any teaching tool or strategy, you have to make them your own in order to meet the needs of your students and your personal teaching style. About four years ago, I created my own notebook pages to be based on the common core standards, and to meet my own classroom needs. Each of my notebook pages include the following:
- An explanation or how-to for each concept or skill.
- Sample problems to be completed as a group.
- An additional page of problems for guided or independent practice.
If you are interested in learning more about my Interactive Math Notebooks, feel free to use the links below!!
I hope that you will be able to put some of these ideas and activities to use in your own classroom. Be sure to check out the other links below for some great ideas related to Guided Math!!