Tried it Tuesday - Foldables & Interactive Notebooks

Hi everyone - hope your week is going well so far. I was so tired last night - I have forgotten how tiring Mondays are and how tiring it is explicitly going over every routine in your classroom. It was an especially tiring day yesterday because I started interactive notebooks and using foldables yesterday. This is a goal area for me this year and since it is something new I am trying I am going to  link up with the awesome blogger Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for her linky....

I have purchased 3 interactive notebook products on TpT - but I haven't tried any of those yet (I am sure you will hear about them another Tuesday!). I also purchased Erin from I'm Lovin Lit's Ultimate Interactive Notebook Template Collection and I am loving it!!!

There are many awesome features of this product so I will just highlight a few.

#1. It is EDITABLE - that is right - I can add text and clipart and pictures and I Can statements right to the page!!!

#2. There are a gazillion templates to choose from - since I am new to this interactive notebook world I just scroll through the pictures and I always find something that will work for me (I have to admit some of them I am not sure how to use...yet!).

#3. I can make a lesson more interactive in no time - when I am planning my lessons if I think of a way to include an interactive notebook component I can make one up super quick - where before I would have to play around in PPT sizing things and rearranging things. Since I am new to IN this makes me more likely to include this element to my lesson.

So far the students are really enjoying the foldables we are making - they are pretty basic but we are just getting the basics down. Here are some samples of what we I have made so far and what the student sample looks like.

What I don't love so far about Interactive Notebooks - is the amount of instructions I am giving out and the time it takes to cut and paste and the bits of paper!!


  1. I hear you friend! I just started too in reading and I am repeating myself 100 times! I am still excited to continue this year. I might have to purchase that editable file so I can get better at it! I am also a neat freak and hate when things are glued down crooked or fold wrong in the notebooks when they close!
    Pinkadots Elementary

    1. Here's a tip I learned from making shutter books with my second graders. If you don't like the flaps getting folded when you shut the book...on the left side, the flaps should open the other way. (ie: glue the right side and cut from the left.)

      Since it sounds like you are like me and want everything neat, this will help immensely! Good luck!

  2. I love interactive notebooks! They are fun for all of us! I am with you though! There are many of Erin's templates I haven't figured out yet. Maybe we can help each other!

    Have a great week!

  3. I love what you're doing with the interactive notebooks. Thanks so much for the shout out! I promise it DEFINITELY gets easier with the routines of cutting and gluing. I'd also be more than happy to help you figure out some of the more complicated ones.. might it be the infinity fold? LOL
    ;) Erin
    I'm Lovin Lit

  4. I too have purchased Erin's Interactive Notebook files and need to get a jump on them ASAP. It's a matter of just keeping my head above water right now. Soon I will tackle this though...very soon!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. This is my first year for interactive notebooks too and I feel your pain with the cutting and gluing...I try to remind my kiddos that "less is more", but I know in time they will catch on and the glue factories can reduce production.

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  6. Cutting and pasting drives me crazy. I always forget how long it takes for the kids to learn how to do things quickly. I can't wait until we get the hang of it.

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  7. I have the packet from Lovin Lit, and I'm loving it!

    Thank you for sharing some ideas for using the templates.

    Fit to be Fourth
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  8. It looks like you're off to a good start with interactive notebooks. I'm giving it a try this year also. Lovin' it so far! :)

    The Balanced Classroom

  9. I have also been having a hard time with how long it takes them to glue into the notebook! I tried small groups today, but even that took forever! I started cutting a set out and one of my students said, "Wow! You are cutting so fast!" I told her that was the point - we don't have to take forever to get the pieces in the book - it is the learning we do with the book that counts. If you figure out a quicker way, let me know! LOL!

  10. I bought this from Erin too but still need to try it! Isn't it amazing how long everything takes?!? I spent a good 15 minutes showing my class how to put hole punched papers in a prong folder properly. Sometime I feel like just banging my head against a wall! lol They must come so far by June that we forget come September what it feels like. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  11. I bought her literature reading interactive journal, didn't know about this template one. (feel stupid) But the cutting and the gluing and writing make it so much more fun for them.

    Ms. Chae Charges In

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  13. Your notebooks are off to a great start! Once you have your routines in place your students will get down the methods and things will get easier. Also, don't feel like you have to give them every template known to man and feel free to use some of the same ones over again to save on time for going over how to set things up! Would love to have you link up to my INB party on the 28th!

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane


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