Interactive notetaking is really just another form of close reading and annotating. It is a genius way of helping science and social studies content "sink in" and the kids really enjoy it! (Anything is better than reading the textbook, anyway!)
I love this graphic to help explain the next part of interactive notes.
Because the left brain is in charge of the right side, and the right brain is in charge of the left side, any passage you give them will be glued on the right side of the notebook (the accurate control) and all of their interpretations of the passage will be done on the left side of the notebook (creative).
As you can see, each paragraph gets its own color, and then all of the work that is done for that paragraph will be done in that color- this helps them connect to each paragraph, and it's also a great study tool!
Once students have finished their notes, they should be able to read back what they have learned. Allow the students to sit with a partner and talk in complete sentences to summarize the notes they have drawn and written on the left side of their notebook.
At home, they can do the same! They can fold their notebook in half so that they can see their notes and a parent or older sibling can see the article. As the student summarizes their notes- the person on the other side of the notebook should be able to follow along in the article, so they know if the child is not understanding.
Today's Planning Present is a passage and questions about Sacagawea:
This passage is from this full unit: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, & Sacagawea- Reading Integration Unit.
I hope this planning present will help you effectively integrate social studies into reading! Don't forget to head over to Teaching to Inspire with Jennifer Findley for another planning present!
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