I was doing it a little different this year, and me, being somewhat of a teacher hoarder, also had the notebook from the year before last.
I took a look through all the notebooks, and was interested to see how my approach to notebooks have changed, as well as what entries I've kept, modified or just changed all together.
I thought you would enjoy the process! :)
So, welcome to notebook evolution!
|We'll be on the back soon, and will probably go a little further this year-I've added in some entries!|
The first year, we used our state text book, and I didn't spend a lot of time on explorers.
explorer unit, which I changed up a little for this year!
This year, I made it a two page spread, with the article on one side and a graphic organizer on the other.
I combined sets of maps, and we moved those to behind (or in front of in some cases) the articles. The kids still had them, but they were able to have the articles and questions side by side.
You can see the same sort of evolution in the colonial unit.
The first year, we used out textbook again as a resource.
You can clearly see the difference between last year and this below-and was the inspiration for the post!
Next, is my American Revolution unit.
I created the fill in the blank foldables three years ago, and I'll probably use them another year or two (we recertify every three years, and since I have a SS endorsement, I need 30 hours in SS. I'll probably recreate for my next cycle, since that will be easier than trying to find 30 hours of workshops.)
I did make some changes last year-I added a vocab sheet.
We also complete an Abenaki Lapbooks, and this year I offered the option to the kids (they picked the lapbook.). I kill a few birds with this stone, finding important information, setting a purpose for reading, taking notes, main idea. This is something I will probably keep, because it scaffolds those skills that they'll need for later in their school career.
Smiles and Sunshine,