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Interactive Notebook

Updated on April 23, 2013

Interactive Notebook | How to Make an Interactive Notebook

An interactive notebook is similar to a lapbook, but it is ongoing like a notebook. Basically an interactive notebook is a lapbook in a binder or notebook. An interactive notebook can be used for science, history, State Studies, Country Studies, Picture Books, People in History, math, unit studies or whatever you can think of! Interactive notebooks can be used in both homeschools and classrooms. Check out the resources below to make an interactive notebook.

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Notebook Foldables (for Spirals, Binders, & Composition Books)
Notebook Foldables (for Spirals, Binders, & Composition Books)

A Dinah Zike book that is filled with ideas on interactive notebooks. A computer CD is included that you can type in titles and then print out the mini book. I love this book!!!

 

Materials you'll need for an interactive notebook-

books about the subject the student is learning about

3- ring binder (or a thick weight wire bound artist sketchbook or a composition book)

card stock (skip this if you use the sketchbook or composition book)

(a lined theme book can be used also)

3- hole puncher

lapbook templates and booklets

glue

pencil

coloring supplies (crayons, color pencils, markers)

embellishments (colored paper, patterned paper, stickers, die cut, magazine pictures)

Good Books for an Interactive Notebook

Books by Dinah Zike are awesome to use for interactive notebooking. These can give you ideas on how to make mini books and the give you ideas of things to research for your subject.

Country Notebook Example- Picture copyrighted by Eclectic Education, do not copy!

Step 1 of the interactive notebook:

Take several (about 15- 30) sheets of card stock (I usually use white but you can use colored) and 3- hole punch them on the left side. Put the card stock in the binder. (Start here if you are using the sketchbook, theme book or composition book for your interactive notebook) Decorate the first page of card stock (only the top) to reflect the theme of the notebook whether it is for science, history, picture books or whatever.

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Step 2 of the interactive notebook:

Now you're ready for your study. As your studying each subject do enough lapbook type booklets or templates to fill up a two page spread. In other words, when the interactive notebook is open to the page both the left side and right side of the open area will have the same sub category, then when you turn the page it will be about another subcategory. Example: If you are doing a science interactive notebook the first 2 page spread many be over the solar system. It might have a booklet attached about the Sun, then one about the planets, one about Comets and a booklet about asteroids. Then the next two page spread may be about volcanoes. One that page you may have a map of the ring of fire, booklet on the types of volcanoes and a booklet about pumice stone. Make sure you wait until you are done with a study, before you glue down the booklets in your interactive notebook. You can store the booklets in a freezer bag until they are ready to attach to the page. Remember each 2 page spread of the interactive notebook reflects a study.

Picture copyrighted by Eclectic Education, do not copy!

Picture copyrighted by Eclectic Education, do not copy!

Step 3 of the interactive notebook:

After you put the have arranged the booklets in the interactive notebook, you can add embellishments to make certain things stand out. Pictures are good illustrators. Just remember this is an on going project that will take weeks or months as you study more subjects.

Picture copyrighted by Eclectic Education, do not copy!

Check This Out...

Check out my Lapbook Resource lens and my Lapbook Supplies lens for fun stuff that can be added to an Interactive Notebook.

Here Are Some Great Books For Interactive Notebooks!

Sticker Books

Stickers add a lot of color to interactive notebooks and stickers are fun for kids to use. These stickers are both fun and educational!

Things you can add to your interactive notebook.

1. Clipart- Its good idea to have a good source of clip. Not only is it great for lapbooking, but it can be used in other homeschool projects too.

2. Stickers

3. Scrapbook Paper

4. Mini Books

5. Die Cuts

6. Coloring Pages

7. Games

8. Puzzles

9. Drawings

Video of an Interactive Notebook

Here is a nice example of how an interactive notebook was used in a business class.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interactive notebooks are a great way to make learning fun and a creative experience. This is a great resource to learn how to make one...stay blessed!

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      belinhafernandes 4 years ago

      This is another great idea! I have to this one with my nephew! Thanks for sharing! Great lens also!

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      Herman IV 5 years ago

      We use these with my kids in our homeschool co-op. Great resource to help the kids remember what they've studied.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      This is like scrapbooking, these work well for traveling so you can write down what you saw and some facts about the locales.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your books creations are so wonderfull. Great ideas, i love them. :)

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      You are so creative.

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      daphnedangerlov1 6 years ago

      These are really neat. Squidoo is such a cool place to learn how to do new things. I am pretty sure my 8 year old will like this idea as well!

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      WaynesWorld LM 6 years ago

      I was a terrible student in school, it was so boring. I can't help but think with all the cool tools such as this lapbook that if I was a student in school now I would really achieve.

      Nice lens.

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      diaperbagdiva lm 6 years ago

      We did this for our state and it was so much fun! My son totally loved it!

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      added to featured lenses on Epic ballad of POetry(I realised it was only in a links section & not a featured mod)

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I think I noted to you awhile back that I added you to my links list (in my poetry lens) I just aded you as a featured lens on that page.

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      chgreen 6 years ago

      Wonderful ideas. Thanks!

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      TheGourmetCoffe 6 years ago

      Very cool lens. Giving the link to a relative who teaches elementary school, quite sure will be a hit. Thank you for sharing!

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      AJ 6 years ago from North Carolina

      This is such a cool idea! I can even see this working for my daughter, at her very low level. Oh, Lori is right! I guess I'm using one and didn't know it, too, for keeping up to date with doctors and teachers. Yours are much prettier and more fun!

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      Paul Turner 6 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      I am inspired! Well done.

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      Showpup LM 6 years ago

      I wish I'd known about these when I was homeschooling. Genius!

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      Amy Stephens 6 years ago from Missouri

      Very cool ideas, very interesting.

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      Gayle 6 years ago from McLaughlin

      I am a teacher/librarian for many years--I have great respect for Home School teachers--there is nothing harder than teaching one's own kids--but I absolutely love this cute idea!

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      New to homeschooling so I am absorbing all this new stuff. I like this idea. Congrats on the purple star, it's well deserved.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      What a great idea. I use an interactive notebook (and didn't even realize it) to correspond information about my elderly mom with her caregivers. They leave me notes also so, in this fashion, we make sure we're all debriefed daily.

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      The SquidAngel School Bus is driving through your neighborhood leaving ~*~*~*~*~angel dus~*~*~*~*~ sprinkles along the way!

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      eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

      To Laura- I'm not sure where your comment went, it disappeared. I hope it comes back! I really appreciate your kind comment. :) And glad that you like the pages. As far as I know there is no way of following my lenses. They use to have a follow feature, but they discontinued it. Facebook is where I post most things that I have published, but like you said it's hard to follow there. I do have a lens that I try to keep up to date with my homeschool stuff, it's called Cheap Homeschooling. I get behind there sometimes, but most of them show up there eventually. lol!!! You could bookmark that page and it might help keep track of my pages. Thanks again! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have enjoyed looking through your articles - absolutely wonderful! I can't wait to do more of this with my little one. I'me not familiar with Squidoo but am very interested after browsing a bit. Is there a way to follow you on here? I will definitely do so on FB but would like to receive email to alert me of new articles, because it's easy for me to miss the many, many posts that flow over my FB wall, lol! Thanks, again for all you're sharing and inspiring!

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      seoacrossworld 6 years ago

      Good article

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      bangcool 6 years ago

      very educative, thanks for the share

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Interactive Notebooks sound like a great way to organize anything. I think I could use one for my writing ideas!

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      laki2lav 6 years ago

      you have some really cool ideas. thanks for sharing

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      mountainstevo 6 years ago

      Nice article - you can see the future of education.

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      Noellel 6 years ago

      Wow, this is a really great idea.

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      stopping in again--I really love these and reading this makes me want to homeschool my grandchildren even more! I don't think Jasmine would want to do one going into 9th grade? I could bring up the idea to her to make one for her nieces and nephews!

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      Shanir LM 6 years ago

      This is a great way to keep students interested in what they are studying by making it fun, but definitely helps a lot with organization too! love the lens :)

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      absolutely beautiful~!! thank you for sharing.. i feel the desperate need to now go through each of your lenses for more wonderful ideas and inspiration...

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Everything you cut from paper akes me what jewelry makes other people feel.. Angel Blessed:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      aesta1, you were not kidding when you said, "soon students notebooks in school will be these" I'm a 6th grade Social Studies Teacher and my student's notebooks ARE these! =o) Not only does it allow teachers/parents/admin. to see actual PROGRESS and COMPREHENSION, but students are more willing to participate when they CREATE instead of standard book work and tests. Especially English Language Learners (ELLS)!

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      eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I hope you give this a try. They are fun to make. :)

      No, I have not seen Merlin. I'll have to check it out. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a great take on lapbooks, but all on one place. I like it and this Squidoo lens has a lot of good information in it. You may be inspiring me to give this a try! I have done something like this using composition notebooks before...my son was so proud of his Creative Writing Notebook the year we kept all his work in the one book...he showed it to everyone. Thanks for the info. BTW: We love all the movies and shows you like, too, and fantasy fiction as well. Have you seen Merlin on Hulu? It is GREAT!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      This is a fabulous lens! I found it very helpful and informative about creating interactive notebooks! Thank you! Blessed and featured on: The Best Homeschooling Resources and Lessons!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Soon students notebooks in school will be these...teachers have to innovate.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Soon students notebooks in school will be these...teachers have to innovate.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Back to give a *Blessing*!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Great idea, make your own name

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      I've enjoyed looking at your lapbook pages, and this one is so interesting too...how I wish I had children again:-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i am a lid and i am doing it now!

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      cbessa 7 years ago

      i liked the idea.

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      WorldVisionary 7 years ago

      I love this idea! Thanks for putting this together - I know my daughters would love this.

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      Jeremy 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Nice idea. Lapbooks always seem to get lost so it would be nice to collect related ones in one place like this.

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      impressive!

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      nightbear lm 7 years ago

      What a great creative idea. very fun

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Your ideas are creative and interesting.

      Thanks for sharing so many homeschooling Materials.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Still to dumb for this and all. Seems I only have a talent for getting peoples backs up in a forum and all. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Very creative!

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      That is pretty amazing! I have seen so many changes in electronics.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I love your creativity! We do something similar - a history timeline. We set up the book when they were little, and have added to it every year. (Maybe I should make a lens on it)

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Oh you make me want to go back to school! I would have loved interactive notebooks. but I can still use them when I am learning something new for my internet business, right?

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      @marsha32: You could do that. I had not thought of that, but I like the idea.

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      I think Jasmine would love to give this a try! I need to read up some more.

      If you put in coloring pages, for instance, wouldn't you cover the page somehow so that it could be colored over and over?

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Susie, it was a privilege to get to pray for your sister and hear about her recovery. I am so glad that your sister is doing better. She has a wonderful sister! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @eclecticeducati1: Returned to this great resource lens to thank you also for you positive thoughts for Shelly to recover from the back injury. She wasn't able to do much for herself for some time, just a good thing she has a loving husband. - Thanks my Squidoo friend!

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for you kinds words! I'm am so glad that you are feeling better. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What wonderful ideas you have and how cool that you choose to share your inspirations in Squidooland to the benefit of many. I'd say you have a definite teaching motive gift which you display beautifully. I believe I saw that you have 245 or 246 Squidoo lenses--impressive! You provide a wonderful resource for many and probably serve as a catalyst for the cretivity of others--that's a great ministry!

      I must thank you for praying my way as I recovered from a bugger of a back injury--I'm still healing and doing much rejoicing as I'm returning to more normal activities--I've even gardened and picked rocks a bit in the last week, as well as lots of walking and smiling. Blessings on your head!

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm so excited that you will be trying lapbooks!!! Yes, they will work for older children. You may want to check out this site for some free lapbooks: http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.com/lapbooks.htm There are several that would be suitable for middle school. If you don't find what you are looking for you may want to try Currclick (and just do a search on lapbooks). There is a link to Currclick if you scroll up just a bit or go to www.currclick.com I look forward to hearing how it goes!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hello, I'm a teacher in a middle school in Europe. I've got no idea what a lapbook is, but I'm looking forward to trying it with my pupils. I think lapbooks could make great book reports,I promise to tell you if I finally can use them. Do you think it can be used with big kids? Thank you very much.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My little guy does regular lapbooks, but the older kids have done something similar to this - sort of a combination lapbook / notebook type thing put into a binder. I had to giggle because I recognize so many of the wonderful resources you listed above. They are some of the best materials to create these types of books with!

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      bbullard 8 years ago

      Lynn, thanks for this! As I mentioned on your blog, I've started using these more with the 1st grader, but it's always great to be reminded of the many creative ways to learn, and your lens is very straightforward.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Good idea friend. I love it so much.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is interesting to me, I'd like to know more. - Bring it on!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is terrific. We're getting ready to start our first Lapbook--but maybe this will prove more useful for us? SO many decisions! Aaargh! Anyway, this is a great resource, thank you so much!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      great idea!

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      dahlia369 8 years ago

      What a neat idea - it could also be used in place of a vision board!

      Thank you... :)

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      rose_kng 8 years ago

      This is wonderful! We lapbook and notebook now. I like condensing it down like this, and still getting the particulars and creativity. This would be a wonderful "test" at the end of the year! :)

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      rose_kng 8 years ago

      This is wonderful! We lapbook and notebook now. I like condensing it down like this, and still getting the particulars and creativity. This would be a wonderful "test" at the end of the year! :)

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      rose_kng 8 years ago

      This is wonderful! We lapbook and notebook now. I like condensing it down like this, and still getting the particulars and creativity. This would be a wonderful "test" at the end of the year! :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      amazing good job

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      amazing good job

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      Linda Jo Martin 9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Wonderful teaching tool! I will feature this on my homeschooling lens when I get it ready.

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      Linda Jo Martin 9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Wonderful teaching tool! I will feature this on my homeschooling lens when I get it ready.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations! Your lens is now featured on Unit Studies: Fun, Active, and Creative Learning.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      You have some great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

      Please consider joining Unit Studies: Fun, Active, and Creative Learning.

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Welcome to Squidoo! You have a lot to share, and I'm glad to see you around here!

      Very nifty, Lynn!

      Lensrolling to my Lapbooking vs. Notebooking page.