I recently was talking to a family friend, a teacher of 5th grade, about Interactive Student Notebooks. She said that while she loves looking at all the great pins on Pinterest regarding ISNs, she just knows that they are not her “thing” and never will be. “They are just too much of a commitment!” she said.
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this. I know lots of teachers that are intrigued by the concept of ISNs and enticed by all the fun pins on Pinterest, but just know that committing to using one isn’t for their classroom. All the cutting and gluing, keeping track of the table of contents, collecting them and grading them! I can see how it comes off as an overwhelming process!!
I suggested to my friend that she try creating a lapbook for her next novel study. Lapbooks are a great way to sample life with ISNs, but without the commitment of using one full time. And novel studies make perfect fodder for lapbooks!!
Check out how we put this one together for the novel, Tuck Everlasting. All the foldable organizers come from my Tuck Everlasting Novel Study for Interactive Notebooks.