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Oct 19 2008

Science notebooks changed my life

I am willing to try out a lot of things in my classroom in my quest (in TFA speak) to continually increase effectiveness. One strategy that I’ve implemented this year I know that considerably increased my effectiveness as a teacher AND made me a more sane individual in the process.

This year I instituted use of interactive science notebooks in my classroom. This is instead of a well planned and never-able-to-be well executed binder system. I provide the notebooks to the students for free (I made them for free through our district copy shop). I have publication kits in my room, which is basically a plastic tub with crayons, markers, glue, scissors, pencils, and any other random stuff related to doing work.

Each day, students must bring the notebook. If they don’t have it, they automatically get lunch detention — even if the notebook is in their locker and they go get it. This has made the “are you prepared for class” fight so much easier.

The science notebooks help solve the problem created by the fact that I don’t work directly out of our textbook. In fact, the first quarter just ended, and we haven’t ever opened the textbook. The notebook becomes our textbook. We glue in anything and everything that can not be written into the pages of the notebook.

This system has made it so incredibly easy to do visual checks of student progress. Additionally, it has reduced my burden of catching kids up on items missed while absent… there is a whole grade of students that have the same exact notebooks from which they can get the notes! Even grading the notebooks is a super cinch with a student-led grading system. I LOVE THIS. (And, almost as important, the kids do, too.)

Interactive notebook strategy is derived from brain research about students’ needs to have multiple chances to process material presented in class. The right side page of every two-page spread is the input (teacher driven) page. The left side page is the output (student driven) page that usually consists of some sort of processing activity for the material presented that day in class.

This notebook system has been so effective, easy, and fun that another teacher on my team instituted a version of notebooks in her classroom. I say this fully-knowing that if this were not true, she would give me the evil eye tomorrow since she reads the blog.

I don’t have much more energy to write about science notebooks, as I gave an extensive session on them this weekend. But I felt it necessary to chronicle this aspect of my classroom for the world to read.

If you’re a science teacher and want the full details to get you started, search for “Interactive science notebook how-to kit” on the Resource Exchange. If you’re not a TFAer and want the materials, leave me a comment with your email (which will only be visible to me).

264 Responses

  1. Ms O

    OMG I GOT A SHOUTOUT!

    My notebooks can’t even compare to the amazingness that is yours. In fact, it must be mentioned how neurotic and obsessed the kids are with your notebooks that I can’t just tell them to glue something in, they must know on what page, where to glue, what format, can they highlight, etc. You’ve done a great job and the notebooks are a masterpiece!

    • Wendy white

      I love what you are doing!! This is a great way to get teachers on board with the new essential standards coming out. I would be forever grateful if you could give me the Interactive science notebook how-to kit. It seems like a great way to get the whole school involved. Thanks!!

  2. Jackie

    Hi

    I use Interactive notebooks too. I am always looking for more resources but I am not a “TFAer”. Could you send me the how-to kit? Thanks.

  3. Catherine Williams

    Hello,
    I’d like to use science notebooks in my sixth grade science class. I am interested in receiving the “Interactive science notebook how-to kit” you mentioned. I’ve attempted to use notebooks before without success, so any help you could give would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Catherine Williams

  4. Carol Boyer

    Hello,
    I teach basic science notebooking, but I would like to increase my students’ skills by using interactive notebooks. Would you please forward me your “Interactive science notebook how-to kit?”

    Thanks so much,
    Carol

  5. Julissa

    Hi,
    I’m interested in getting “Interactive Science Notebook How to Kit”.I’m beginning to teach the Foss kit but believe their should be more interaction of student thought/writing , as opposed to the notebook pages given by the program where there is no deep analysis of concepts learned. They are pretty straight forward, recall answers.

    Please help,
    Julissa N.

  6. Kathie H

    Great idea! I too feel that the students need to write about their learning process. Please send me the how to kit! I would love to know more.

  7. I too would like the kit. I started notebooking last year in the 6th grade and have institued this year in the 4th grade. I have started a notebooking blog http://www.sciencenotebooking.blogspot.com because I have been getting so many questions about mine and I really wanted a place where I could direct people to. Thanks for your help!

    Eve H.
    Mossy Oaks Elementary School
    Beaufort, SC
    http://www.mrsheatonsclass.com

  8. Audri R.

    I was wondering if you could send me some information on how to access the “Interactive Science Notebook How to Kit”. I am not a TFAer either. Thank you for your help.

    Audr R.
    Las Vegas, NV

    • Dawne

      I’m not a TFAer either but I’d love to access this resource if it’s still available.
      Thanks!

  9. Karen Regan

    Hi,
    I teach an 8th grade Science class and I am interested in trying an Interactive Notebook. Could you please send me your kit?
    I have a question also, I have heard some people using the ISN with the teacher page on the left and the student on the right so that students that write large can use mutiple pages. Any thoughts?

    • Rhonda H

      we make our students put a flap on the page if they need to continue on a page since all pages are accounted for in a normal ISN.

  10. Yvonne Simmonds

    Hi,

    I teach physical science and I am very interested in finding out how to setup, use, grade, etc. the science notebook with my students. Could you please send me the kit as I am not a TFAer. Thank you!

  11. Cadena

    Would love to have your how-to kit. I do use science notebooks and want my student to take them to the next level, I would like to see your method. Will you please email the kit to me also? Thanks for sharing!

  12. lynn

    I use ISN’s in 3rd grade science. I am always looking for ways to improve. Please send me the kit!

    Thanks

  13. Andrea

    I just started using science notebooks this year too. Could you send me your kit? Thanks a bunch!
    Andrea

  14. Hi-Would you please send me the Interactive Science Notebook how-to information? Thank you so much!

  15. I would really like to receive your Interactive Science Notlebook How to Kit. I am the science instructional coach K-7 for my district. Science notebooks are used, but not very effectively. Organizing the notebook has been a big problem. I look forward to reading your information. Thank you.

  16. Michael Manfield

    Hello,
    I know that this is getting in really late and I noticed that you have not updated this blog is some time, but I am hoping that you would not mind sending me the science notebook tool kit. Thanks, moreover I am also wondering if you would not mind me using this blog entry with my teachers. I am the science facilitator and I am going to introduce science notebooks school wide and would like to give my teachers another teachers experience to help calm their nerves. thanks!

  17. Birkoer

    I would like more information on interactive notebooks.
    Birkofer

  18. Kristen

    Hello,
    I use a form of interactive notebooks already and I am looking to improve them. Could you please send me the how to kit? Thank You so much!
    Kristen

  19. Dana Z.

    I like the idea of an interactive notebook. Would you please send me your how to kit? I could use some advice to improve the notebook that I have just implemented.

  20. Jenna

    Hey,
    I just found out I’ll be teaching 3 blocks of science next year and would really LOVE to see your how-to kit. I have been looking for some insight, so any help you can give would be GREATLY appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Jenna

  21. Jill

    Wow! I’m so glad I found your post. Please add me to this list of those wanting the “how to kit”. I teach MS Science and have just recently discovered this method of teaching. I can’t wait to begin in August!

  22. Lisa

    I would love to get the “kit” too! It sounds like something I would really like to implement with my sixth graders. I would truly appreciate your guidance in this area and assistance obtaining the “Interactive science notebook how-to kit”. Thank you!

  23. Chrystal Corbett

    I would like a copy of your how to kit. What do I need to do to get it?

  24. Sarah Fleming

    I am interested in your kit. I am planning to implement notebooks with my fourth graders next year. Please send me a kit.
    Thanks!

  25. Emily

    I am looking for ways to improve my student’s science notebooks and would love to see the how-to kit. Could you please send me a kit?
    Thank you!!

  26. Mary Axelsson

    I would like a copy of your how to kit. What do I have to do to get it. I have been looking for something like this.
    thanks

  27. Vicki

    Hi. I’m just new to the whole interactive notebook thing and would like some more how tos

    Thanks
    Vicki

  28. Annie

    I am not a TFAer and would love the information with your how to kit. I do teach middle school science.

  29. please send me a copy of the how-to-kit. I want to use them this year for my 7th and 8th grade science classes.
    Thanks

  30. Chris Morales

    Hello,

    I would really be interested in the Interactive science notebook how-to kit. I would like to use the notebooks with my science students next year. Thanks.

  31. Please send me the how-to file!!! Thanks

  32. Sandy Jacobs

    I am interested in starting an interactive notebook in my high school class. I apprecitate any hints or help you can supply. Thanks !!

  33. faye

    could you please send me a copy of your kit and how you have the students do the assessment thanks

  34. Donna Buckner

    I am a first year teacher and will be teaching 5th grade science and would like informtion on the how-to kit for science notebooks. Thanks for your help.

  35. Erin Amundson

    I would really enjoy a copy of your how to kit. I’ve been looking for ways to revamp what I currently do and this sounds like it would help! Thanks!

  36. Alison Keene

    I would love to see your version of Interactive Science Notebooks and your how to kit from TFA. Thanks for your assistance.

  37. Lynne Givins

    I teach 9th grade physical science and I want to begin using a science notebook this year. Since I am starting from scratch, would you send me your example?? Thanks

  38. Lisa Parish

    I would like to incorporate ISN’s in my accelerated Biology class this year and then implement them with my 7th grade science classes in the future. I would really appreciate a copy of the how-to kit. Thanks!

  39. Alicia Johnson

    Please, please forward your how to kit. I attempted the ISN this past school year. It was well received by my Honor’s physical science students. General Physical Science students seemed to be baffled by the whole left/right idea. I do not want to give up the ISNs. I really think they helped students with organizational skills and concept retention. Thanks!

  40. Stephanie S.

    Please send me the how to kit to me. I would like to do this for the fall. Right now I am doing all the research on interactive notebooks. I can’t find a science one online with sample pages.
    Thank you very much

  41. Elizabeth

    Please send me the how-to kit. I’ve just discovered this great idea on the internet and am excited to try it with my fifth grade science classes next year.
    Thank you.

  42. Cathy

    This is going to be my 18th year of teaching but my first year with third graders and I would like to use the interactive notebook for science and math so I am interested in your how to kit. Thank you

  43. Cindy

    I would also like your how to kit. I teach 3 classes of elementary science and would like to try this. Thanks!

  44. Jill

    I am requesting your “how to kit” I have not used ISNs yet but I am planning to next school year.
    Thank you
    Jill Staggs

  45. Frenzica M.

    I am currently returning to the classroom and I would love to have a copy of your kit. Although I teach in high school, it still seems very applicable and most helpful for our students that get distracted easily. Thank you!

  46. Jerri Baxter

    I am interested in the Interactive Science Notebook kit. I would like to use notebooks with my freshman earth science classes. Thanks so much!!

  47. Hello, I don’t know if you still get this or not but I am an 8th grade science teacher and desperately trying to find a way to use a notebook that has purpose and meaning. I’ve been researching this interactive notebook, if you are still forwarding your “How to kit” I would love to receive it.
    thank you so much,
    kimberly molina

  48. Laura Baker

    Would love to have your “kit”. I am always up for help and ideas! Thanks!

  49. Is it still possible to get a copy of your how to kit? I used ISN very limitedly this past year, and I really hope to do more with them this year.

    Thank you!

  50. Kerrie

    Hello, I am a first year 7th grade science teacher looking for a great notebook. I taught history before with a notebook, but I never could get it to succeed. Could you please send me your “How to Kit” I would greatly appreciate it. I have been searching the web for hours.

    Thank you,
    Kerrie

  51. Julie

    This will be my 18th year teaching science, mostly 7th/8th graders. I would love to start off the school year with something new…..and the student-led grading system sounds great! Could you please send me your ISN kit?

    Thanks so much!
    Julie

  52. Angie

    Your method of using ISN’s in the classroom sound interesting. I starting using them last year, but the kids did not like them. Could you send me a copy of your kit. I want to implement the ISN’s again this school year.

    Thanks,
    Angie
    Louisiana

  53. Renee

    I have been teaching 3rd grade for a couple years and have been trying to figure out a better way to teach without lecture, worksheet, and check….I would love to try interactive notebooks in science and social studies this year and would love to see how to get it started. I think it would help so much especially since we are a testing grade and I want the kids to be more involved in their notes and not just get the study guide! You make me really want to do this. Could you send me a copy of your kit? Please? Thanks so much!!!

    Renee,
    Virginia

  54. Heather

    I will be teaching 7th grade Science class and I am interested in trying an Interactive Notebook. Could you please send me your kit?

    Thanks!

  55. Ellen

    I too have tried the ISN. It was very difficult because my organization was not the best. Please send me a copy of you kit. I am planning on using the ISN/INB this year and can use all the help I can get.

    Thank you,
    Ellen
    Georgia

  56. Jennifer Rekrut

    Do not know if it is still available, but would love your INB kit!

  57. Cindy Hopkins

    Interactive science notebook how-to kit – I would love to see it. I am working on using my interactive notebook even more this year. THANK YOU in advance for your resources and time.

  58. Dorothy Peterschmidt

    Wow! I’m a new (one year under my belt) transitioning teacher, and I would love to be able to meet the success that you’ve had with INBs. Could you please send me “The Kit” link/information.

    Thanks so much for your TFA service. Your enthusiasm is palpable, and I’m sure that the students in your classrooms have learned much more than ‘science’ from you.

    Sincerely,
    Dorothy
    NW Indiana

  59. Sharon

    If you are still forwarding the interactive science notebook how-to kit, I’d really appreciate it. I’ve been interested in starting this with my urban students and need some help with it.

    I hope you enjoyed your experience in the classroom! Sounds like you are doing a good job.

  60. Kelly

    After doing a little research on the Interactive science notebook, I tried (without succes) to use ISN’s in my classroom. It was very overwhelming for me and the kids struggled with it. I would love your “how-to kit” so I can give this another try.

    Thanks!
    Kelly
    NY

  61. Kelly Eiseman

    Hello, I used the ISN last year and became overwhelmed with keeping up with it. I am interested in your Kit. I want to make the ISN work in my classroom.

    Kelly Eiseman,
    King’s Way Middle School
    Vancouver, WA

  62. Angie W

    Just found your post, could you please send me the kit you mentioned? I’m trying out ISN’s in my 5th grade science class this year. Thanks for sharing!

  63. Tonya

    Hi,

    Would love to have the notebook kit.

    Thanks so much!

    Tonya

  64. Raye

    Hello, I would love your notebook kit too. Thanks!

  65. Abby

    Hi! I am interested in using science notebooks with my 6th graders next year. I would greatly appreciate having a copy of the toolkit to get me started!

    Thanks for your help!

  66. Robert Lefkowitz

    I do not use an ISN but would like to. I am very interested in your ISN kit .

    Please send

    Thanks in advance

    Rob Lefkowitz
    Canyon Middle School

  67. Kipton T.

    Hi! I am very interested in the kit you have. If you have time, would you please send it to me. Thanks so much!

  68. Julie

    I use a very basic version of a science ISN (based on reading a bit about them) and I would very much like to expand my knowledge. I would love a kit! Thanks.

  69. Erika

    This is a fantastic idea — If you could please send me the kit it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for sharing :)

  70. Cindy

    Hi! I am looking to implement science notebooks this year. I would love if you would send me the kit. Thanks!

  71. Karin Nixon

    I just started researching interactive notebooks and am interested in implementing them in my 7th grade life science classes. I am highly interested in receiving the “how-to” kit that you mentioned. Thanks!

  72. Amy Hartung

    I would love a kit for the interactive science notebook I am a new 8th grade science teacher moving from 2nd grade for the last 10 years. I am just learning how to use the notebook. Thanks so much!

  73. Marybeth Flusche

    I will begin school on August the 12th and after researching ISN, I too would like to start…how can I get your “how to Kit”?

    Thanks

  74. Brenda Waterworth

    I would love to have the files for the kit mentioned. thank you!

  75. Pam Henry

    I am starting an interactive notebook this year with my 7th grade science classes. I would like your “how to Kit”. Thnak you for your help.

  76. E Townsend

    I am just beginning ISN, so your offer to share materials will be very helpful. Thanks so much for your help@

  77. Stephanie

    I teach eighth grade science in STL and am looking to try the ISN. I would love to have your how to kit to look over and figure out what I am trying to conquer! Thank you very much!

  78. Jennifer

    I am not a TFAer, but will be implementing interactive notebooks in my classroom this fall. I would love a copy of your kit…PLEASE!!!

  79. Jennifer, your email address didn’t work!

  80. Kathryn

    I’m a 3rd year teacher and tried ISN last year without much success. I’m hoping a copy of the your kit will help do a better job Thanks!

  81. Karen

    I would love to have a copy of your kit as well! I will be doing interactive science notebooks for life and physical science this year for middle school. Thank you!

  82. Joanna

    Would love to have a copy of your kit! Very interested in beginning ISN this year! THanks!

  83. H F

    I would also like a copy of your isn kit if you wouldn’t mind forwarding it. I’m a new teacher (6th grade science).

  84. Genny

    this is awesome! please send me your notebook kit, as i’m not a tfa’r. i’m teaching 5th grade, second year teacher. thank you!!

  85. Kim Rispress

    I would love the notebook kit. I’m trying to make my notebooks better and need much needed help!

  86. Jade

    Hello! I am very interested in implementing interactive science notebooks this year. I teach Jr .High science and would LOVE to get more details and the interactive science notebook materials!!! Thanks

  87. jade

    This is great!! I am into using this, this year. Please send me your notebook kit!!!

  88. Kelli Price

    I have taught before, but this is my first year to teach science. I would like to implement the isn in my classroom. I have had the opportunity to actually view a notebook completed by a 6th grade student in our county, but do not have the instructions for the notebook. Thank you for your willingness to share knowledge with others!

  89. Lorie Bane

    Hello! I would love our notebook kit as well. I teach 5th grade science in Ohio. Can’t wait to see your wonderful ideas.

  90. Kissa Walker

    Hi, I’m interested in using an ISN with my 7th grade class this year. I would greatly appreciate you sharing your how-to kit with me. Thanks!

  91. Katrine Ferreiras

    I would really like the notebook kit for 5th grade Science. Thanks so much.

  92. Erica Cottrell

    I would absolutely love to have the notebook kit for my 7th grade life science class. I am starting the interactive notebook this year, but not sure how to go about making it effective. THANK YOU!!!

  93. sarah

    I would love the notebooking how to kit for my 4th grade class. Thanks!

  94. Amanda Creedon

    I am a first year 4th graade teacher and am not very happy with my workbook or textbook for that matter. Would to get information and how to kit. Thanks for sharing!

  95. Joni Davis

    I was told to begin using IANs last year with very little direction (had never heard of them), and would like to do it better this year. Please help! The how-to kit sounds awesome!

  96. Melissa Landreth

    I am researching ISNs and trying to get a handle on how to get started. I would love to get your how-to kit if you are still sending it out. Thanks so much for helping all of us figure this out.

  97. Melissa Landreth

    I am trying to figure out how to use ISNs on my own so I would LOVE to have a copy of the how-to kit. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  98. Catherine Hopman

    I am interested in your how-to kit. I am new to notebooking and find it fascinating. Thanks.

  99. Pamela Bentel

    I am trying to use the interactive science notebook but all the info that I have seen so far is a little vague. I am also having issues with students (all boys and gifted) who cannot or will not write. Some of them have learning disablities that seem to involve writing. I am considering using cloze activities for the input but I’m not sure that it’s a good idea. Any advice that you may give will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for your help
    Pamela Bentel

  100. Pamela Bentel

    I forgot to ask. How can I get a copy of your kit

  101. Kristen Johnson

    I would love more information on using interactive notebooks. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

  102. Urica Brown

    please send me the Interactive science notebook how-to kit for my high school chemistry and forensic science class. I am very interested in using it.

  103. Malinda Kerns

    Hi! I am so interested, please send me the Interactive science notebook how-to kit.

  104. Alicia Conley

    Hello. I would like a copy of the Interactive Science Notebook how-to kit.

  105. Carol LaCroix

    I would also be really interested in getting a copy of your Interactive Science Notebook kit.

  106. kelly taylor

    Hello! I am a beginning teacher in an inner city school in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. I have been trying to implement an ISN in my 7th grade classes this year, but it has been slow. I would love to see your how to kit, so that I can hopefully understand what I am doing so the kids can use this. I think it is an invaluable tool, but I really dont know how to use it correctly. I would really appreciate some help and point in the right direction. Thak, Kelly Taylor

  107. Frances C. Monroe

    Could I please have a copy of your interactive notebook kit? Thank you so much!

  108. Margie Anderson

    I’ve used ISN’s for several years and love them! I’m always looking for new ideas to improve what I’m doing and would love a copy of your ISN kit.
    Thanks!

  109. mary beth

    I see there are recent messages so am hoping you are still sharing your kit. I am an elementary teacher trying to work this idea into teaching science and would love a copy. Thank you! Mary Beth

  110. Debra Truncale

    Hi,

    I have been reading about your science notebooks and I would love to try this in my classroom. Any info you would be willing to share with me will be most appreciated. I am especially interested in receiving the
    “Interactive science notebook how-to kit”. It sounds like a real valuable tool for the students.

    Thanks alot.

    Debra

  111. Cheryl

    I would like the interactive science notebook how-to-kit – full verison. I am not a TFA person. I must say this looks very interesting and I definitely want to explore the idea in more detail.

  112. melinda

    Hi!
    I am also wondering if you would be so kind to share your journalling ideas. My teaching duties have just been increased and I teach five grades. I am thinking that this system will be good for us all!
    Thank you for anything you can do!

  113. vanessa marie

    I am also hoping for a copy of the kit. I teach resource and inclusion science in TN, and it would be a HUGE help.

    Thank you! vanessa m.

  114. Ronda Sheppard

    Please send copy of the kit. I enjoyed reading all the comments , sounds exciting!

  115. Jason

    I would like a copy of the kit.

    Thanks! J

  116. Tess Addis

    Please send me a copy. Thanks in advance.

  117. I’m in a class right now learning about Foss kits to teach science to 3rd graders and was told that glueing in the investigation worksheets on one side and having students write their responses or other activity related to that new learning was not considered to be a true Science Notebook. Your idea sounds like this and I would like more information. Thanks!

  118. Hi Sue, Your email address was incorrect.

  119. I am not a TFAer and would love the information regarding your how to kit for interactive notebooks. I teach a secondary science methods class at a local university. Any strategies I can share with my teachers-in-the-making that will lead them to be effective and engaging teachers benefits many kids! Thank you for sharing.

  120. Ms. Y

    Hi! I’m starting an 8th grade science class this year and would love to receive those resources! I’m starting to think I’m worrying too much about the notebook and not enough about what will be going in it =)

  121. Mr. Mac

    I would love to see the how-to kit! Thank you for sharing your work. I also teach in St. Louis and will be starting my first year in middle school this semester. Your kit sounds like a great resource. Thank you!!!

  122. Dana H.

    Could you please send me the how-to kit? I am trying to implement notebooks for this coming school year. Thanks!

  123. I love using ISN but am doing block scheduling next year. I need some help. Thanks

  124. Colleen Whitlock

    I too would like a copy of your kit.

    Thanks.

  125. Caice Gallaher

    I would like of the kit please.

  126. Shaina Glass

    Can I get a kit please? I teach 4th grade Science in Houston, Texas and I would like to improve my SIN.

    Thank you sooo much!

  127. KC George

    I would love a copy of your ISN. I teach high school physics and really need the help. Thanks and God Bless!

    KC

  128. Potter

    I am new to 4th grade and would like to use interactive notebooks in science. Please send me a kit. Thank you so much.

  129. Jane

    I would love a copy of your ISN How to Kit. I’m trying to get my sixth grade earth science students organized.

  130. Holly Davis

    I teach sixth grade science. I am wanting to try interactive notebooks in my class this year. I need any information that I can get. Please send me your how-to-kit. Thank you for your help.

  131. Lar Fisher

    Hi,
    If you are still in business, please send a kit. Thanks

  132. Just for the record… still in business.

  133. Tina McWilliams

    I teach 6h grade Social Studies in Ohio. I want to do interactive notebooks. Will I be able to apply your kit to Social Studies? Or do you have additional advice? Tina McWilliams

  134. Sherri

    I would also like a copy of your kit if you are still sending it out to those interested.

  135. Jennifer

    I am a first year teacher for 5th grade and I think this would be perfect for me to implement in my new classroom. Please send me the kit on how to get it all started. Thanks!!

  136. Kim

    This “How to Kit” sounds like something I could use this year! If you don’t mind sending it out still, thanks in advance!

  137. allenA

    I just discovered this blog and I love it! Thank you for sharing. I am presenting to several third grade teachers and would love to have your kit.

    Please send if you can. Thanks again for all you do for education and science.

  138. Lexi

    I am not a TAFer, but I would live to implement ISN this year in 3rd grade. I would love to get a copy of your ISN how-to kit if at all possible

  139. Maria Sullivan

    I am a 8th grade science teacher and I want to start the interactive notebooks in my class this year. Can you send me your how to kit? I appreciate it! Thanks!!

  140. Judy C.

    I teach physical science and have used interactive notebooks, but am looking for ways to use them more effectively. Could you please send information on how to get the “ISN how-to-kit”. THANKS!!!

  141. Sue

    Hi,
    I teach 8th grade science and would love to get a copy of your kit. Thanks so much

  142. Claudine Hammonds

    I teach 6th grade math in California. I decided to use interactive notebooks for this school year, and I have been searching all over the internet trying to get ideas about where to begin. Would your kit be helpful to me? If so, please send me a copy. Thank you for your help.

  143. Paige

    I am going to implement science notebooks this year. Please send me a copy of your kit.

  144. Charlotte

    Hi,

    I start my first teaching position next week and want to use interactive notebooks. I am not a TFA person. Could you please send me the kit? Thank you!

  145. Robin

    Hello and help,
    I am new to science this year. I would love to use notebooks with my sixth grade learmers. How do I obtain your kit? Thank you for sharing your experience.

  146. Stephanie Embry

    Hi. I am hoping that you are still reading this. I would love to obtain the kit. Thanks for the resource!

  147. Denise A

    I am new to notebooking and would like a copy of the resource kit. Thank you for your help.

  148. Marty

    Hello! It’s been a while since the original post, but I am interested in obtaining the kit. Thanks!

  149. Jill W

    I’m planning on using interactive notebooks for the first time this year. If you could send me the how-to kit information, I’d greatly appreciate it! Thanks for sharing!

  150. Susan Day

    I would like to incorporate the notebook in my classroom. Could you please send me the how to kit?

  151. Rhonda H

    Please add me to the list of teachers who would like to see your How-to kit. I do use ISNs (Interactive Science Notebooks) but am always on the lookout for how to improve and/or add to them. Many thanks!

  152. Rick C

    Please send me your how-to kit. I am in the infant stage of producing my classes and can always use help.

  153. Barbara Rush

    I would like the “Interactive science notebook how-to kit”.

  154. Jackie Remis

    Please send me the science notebook kit.

    I’m going to be teaching 6th grade science and really want to use this idea. I will probably not use a book either.
    I will take any suggestions you have!

    thanks so much

  155. Rikki

    Please send me a copy of your ISN how to kit and any suggestions you have for implementing your system.
    Thanks so much

  156. Gina

    Could you please send me the “Interactive science notebook how-to kit”. I’d really love to implement this next year. Thanks!

  157. Kristen

    I would love to use these next year as well! Can you please send me the information? I have been trying to google it and learn as much as I can!

  158. Laura Kelley

    Would like to start interactive notebooking with 5th graders and your website has been very encouraging. Could you please send the information? Many thanks!

  159. Laura Kelley

    Ready to start interactive notebooking with 5th graders and your website has been very encouraging. Could you please send the information? Many thanks!

  160. Lisa Tomeo

    i am a 9th grade earth science teacher and i am really interested in trying the Interactive notebook. i’ve been researching a lotof info on this and like to collect as much info as i can. Could you please send the kit. thank you so much.

  161. Christie S

    I am an instructional coach and we have five first year science teachers coming to our school next year and I want to to help all of them get started with interactive notebooks. Can you send me the kit you mentioned? It would be a huge help for me as I help these first year teachers!

  162. TJester

    Would love to have your start up kit for science notebooks. Thanks for sharing!

  163. Elizabeth Cotten

    I teach fourth grade as well and our grade level has decided to use interactive notebooks next year in Science, Social Studies, and Math. I would love to see what you have come up with in your interactive notebook kit. Thank you so much for sharing!

  164. Kimberly DiTusa

    I teach 7th and 8th grade science and I would like to use interactive notebooks next year. I would appreciate your start up kit for science notebooks. Thank you so much for sharing.

  165. Lori Moore

    PLEASE send me your kit!! Thanks so much.

  166. Darcy

    I’m interested in the science notebook kit mentioned so many times in this thread. Thank you for sharing!

  167. Alyson

    I am not a TFA member, but am interested in your science notebooking “how to” kit. I am planning on implementing interactive science notebooking in the 5th grade in just a few weeks!

  168. Leslie Carter-Farley

    I really want to implement the notebook this year. please send the “how to” kit. I greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

  169. Jon Snyder

    Hello! Please send me this kit I am very interested. This is my second year teaching and I am planning on doing ISN. Thanks

  170. Ruthe

    Hi, I’m very interested in receiving the notebook how tokit. Thanks!

  171. Tina Kanaris

    I would love to do this…please send me the kit?? Thank you!

  172. Jen Kidd

    I’m not sure if you are still doing this, but I have been searching for ways to do a science notebook. Any help you could give me would be fabulous!!!

  173. Laurie

    I have been teaching in an urban setting for 8 years. I’m thinking about trying notebooking in my classroom next year. Any resources you could send my way would be great!

  174. Dana

    I know you wrote this a long time ago, but I’ve just been hired to teach 6th-grade science after teaching 5th-grade math for years and years! I would love the ISNB kit if you’re still sending resources!
    Thanks!

  175. Vikki

    I too would love the starter kit. I think my students need to start to learn how to organize their thoughts. This will be a great starting point.
    Thank you,
    Vikki

  176. Chrissy

    I am getting resources together to do a notebook with my 8th grade science class next year. Are the ISNB kits still available? I would be so grateful!!

  177. Kathleen Meeker

    Can you send me the how to kit? I have taught 6th grade for years and used an interactive notebook. I am now teaching 9th grade Earth Science and would love to see what else is out there. Thanks.

  178. Nikki Erickson

    Would love your notebook kit, please! WIll be teaching combined 5th/6th and would love to start interactive notebooks with my students next year. Thank you!

  179. Michelle H

    Second year of teaching middle school life science coming up. I would love a copy of your notebook how-to, if you would please and if you are still in business.

    Thanks!

  180. K D P

    I would love your science notebooking kit!!! I have been teaching elementary for 8 years and I am moving to middle school next year!! This is exactly what I need! Thank you for sharing!!

  181. Debra Koren

    I am looking for info on science notebooks for next year. I would love to have your science notebooking kit to help me along. Thanks for sharing.

  182. Marla

    I know it’s been a while since this was published but I would love to receive a copy of your kit! I have been doing interactive notebooks for years but am always looking for ways on how to make them better and more efficient! Thank you for sharing!!!

  183. Beverly

    I am planning to start using the ISN’s in my classroom this year and would love to receive your how to kit.

  184. Anne

    Hello,
    I’d like to use science notebooks in my third grade science class. I am interested in receiving the “Interactive science notebook how-to kit” you mentioned. Thanks for sharing!
    Anne

  185. Lisa

    Hello,
    I want to start using interactive notebooks in my life science class next year. I would like to receive the “interactive science notebook how-to kit.”
    Thanks!

  186. Valerie

    Hi I teach 8th grade Science and have been looking for something just like this! I would love any information that you can send me.

  187. Lois Hendrix

    Hi, I teach 7th grade Life Science and really want to do interactive notebooks this year. I would really appreciate any information you could send me.

  188. Frederika

    6th grade science. Have used notebooks for years. Looking for greater student engagement. Would really appreciate ISN 101 information if still available.

  189. I began using interactive notebooks last year in class. However, I am looking for more ideas to use this year. Could you please send me the “Interactive Notebook How-to-Kit”. I am not a TFAer but have really enjoyed reading your blog and am excited to use the info in class

  190. Nancy Elliott

    Please send information on interactive notebooks. I have tried for a couple of years, but have not come up with the optimal notebook.

  191. Janet Lynch

    May I also have the how-to kit?

  192. Heather Horstmann

    hi! I have been doing research over the summer, i’m trying to make my bio classroom more effective! Our district hasn’t talked much about interactive notebooks, we’ve been really focusing on Marzano for the past few years. I would love, love, love the interactive notebook how-to-kit if you would be willing to share!

  193. Stacy Belson

    Please, please, please…I have been reading nothing but great things on notebooking in a science class! I want to start doing this when we return to school. Would you send me the interactive notebook how-to-kit? Thanks

  194. Meghaan

    I am very curious about starting the interactive notebook in my science class this year! If you could send the how-to kit it would be VERY much appreciated!

  195. Stacy

    I have decided to use science notebooks in my high school chemistry classes. I ran across your blog and I would really appreciate it if you could send me the how to kit. Thank you.

  196. Lauren

    I would love to implement the science notebook in my class this year. I know your post is older, but I was wondering if I could still get a copy of the how-to kit? Thanks in advance!

  197. Deborah Bergstrom

    I teach fourth grade, and would appreciate any information you could send me! Thank you!

  198. Michelle

    Please send me the Interactive Notebook How to Kit :)

  199. Suzanne Rahn

    Could you please send me a copy of your science notebook kit and how you have the students do the assessment thanks

  200. Jennifer Thibodaux

    Could you please send me a copy of your interactive notebook how to kit. My e-mail is jethibodaux@assumptionschools.com. Thanks so much! Any information would be helpful!

  201. Tonya

    Hi Could you please send me a copy of your interactive notebook how to kit. Thank you so much.

  202. Tonya

    If you could pleae send me a copy of the Interactive Notebook how to kit. Thank you so much.

  203. Gerry

    I teach science K-4 and would like to use notebooks more. Could you please send me a copy of the Interactive Notebook how-to-kit. Thank you so much.

  204. Niki

    Could you please send me a the “How to Kit”?!?!? Thank you!!

  205. Cybil Richmond

    I am the new science curriculum coordinator for my school district. I would like to share this information with my science teachers. Would you please send me the info on the interactive science notebook. I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

  206. Cybil Regina Richmond

    I am the new science curriculum coordinator for my school district. I would like to share this information with my science teachers. Would you please send me the info on the interactive science notebook. I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

  207. Lynne

    I teach Earth Science to Special Education High School Students and would love your how to kit!

  208. jo welch

    I would love a copy of your interactive notebook how to kit this first year to do and need a good example Thanks

  209. Danielle

    i need the how to kit. anything you can send me is appreciated. my first year teaching.

  210. I am also interested in your How-to-kit. I will be again teaching 5th grade science and would like to change the notebook format for my class this year. Thank you!

  211. Danielle

    Can you send to sedoridr@gmail.com

  212. martha ryan

    Hello- I am trying to implement interactive notebooks in my 7th and 8th grade science classes and would love a copy of the how to kit if possible. They seem like a great tool if you know how to do them right :)

  213. Jen

    I am interested in getting the notebook ideas. Thanks!

  214. I have just started ISN with my 6th and 7th grade students. Please send the link or kit for the HOW- TO

  215. Sarah Clifford

    I am interested in the Interactive science notebook how-to kit. I’m not a TFAer since I teach in Canada.
    Thanks :)

  216. Leah B

    I use interactive notebooks in my 8th grade classes but I’m buried when trying to grade them. I have 120 students. I have tried grading in several ways (weekly dipstick of that week’s entries on test day, open note quizzes, quarterly checks) but would be interested in any forms or further explanation of your student led grading system. I can’t keep grading away my evening and weekends…I’ll go crazy!

  217. Yo Daniels

    I am interested in using interactive notebooks in my class. I happened across this page while searching for information about interactive notebooks. I too would like the kit information as I am not a TFAer. Thanks.

  218. Melissa

    I am interested as well in receiving your information!

  219. Kelly

    Always looking for ways to improve! Please send me your information.

  220. Tiifany

    I was wondering if you could send me some information on how to access the “Interactive Science Notebook How to Kit”. I am not a TFAer. Thank you

  221. Cindy Stuart

    I would like a copy of the how to kit. I am an old dog (23years) hoping to learn some new tricks! :-) Thanks & good luck!!

  222. Sharon Dickens

    I would like a copy of your kit. I’m going to be teaching Physical Science this year and really want to try it.

    Thank you,

  223. N. C.

    I too would like a copy of your kit. I teach Earth Science, Applied Science and Environmental Science. I want to start using Interactive Notebooks as we implement more literacy and STEM in our district.
    Thank you,

  224. Ghazal

    I am interested in having a copy of the kit. I am a Science coordinator and currently planning the next academic year. Thank you

  225. Natalie Burr

    I would love to have a copy of your how-to kit for science notebooking. I hope it isn’t too late :-). I teach 6th grade in Idaho (2nd year) and want to implement interactive notebooks. So many resources I don’t really know where to start :-). Thanks for being willing to share what you’ve done!

  226. Paula

    I would love to have a copy of your how-to kit. I would like to implement this in our homeschool science co-op class. Thanks for sharing!

    Paula

  227. Bonnie Ward

    I am 5th grade science lead at my school. We do not have a text and having a way to create notebooks that help students learn is super important. We are all new to this and your “how to kit” would be a tremendous help! Your original post was so long ago–hope that info is still available. Thanks!!

  228. Michelle MIller, CA

    Last year I started my first ISN’s. I love them and I have a TON of ideas but I am having trouble getting started on re-thinking/working my lessons so they integrate into the notebooks. I teach 9th grade Health, Forensics and 10th grade Biology. So far I feel as if my notebooks are more of a collection system than a thinking process for the students. I am also focusing heavily on the NGSS’s, flipping my classroom when I can and transitioning my lessons. I know, a bunch at once…. Can you please send me the How to Kit?

  229. Tami Nastas, TN

    I am new to teaching 7th grade science. Found this info about the ISN. I am also the high school chemistry and anatomy teacher and think this would help them as well. Please send the how to kit. I would love to motivate my students to learn!

  230. Linda Scott

    Hello
    I plan to use the ISN this school year. I was really impressed with all the positive comments I’ve read about ISN. Will you please send me the how to kit. Thank you in advance.

  231. Cathi Brown

    I am starting ISN’s this year and would love a copy of your materials and any pointers you can give me. I was planning on doing one in science, social studies, and math…do you think that is too much?

  232. heather cowan

    I am not a TFAer can you send me the Interactive science notebook how-to kit PLEASE!!!

  233. Yes… the reply emails are still coming back to folks who ask for the kit. And you definitely don’t have to be a “TFAer.” It’s for anyone! :)

  234. parus

    We do science notebooks, but I’m a bit dissatisfied with some aspects of them, so I’d like to look at how others do it. Could you send me the kit?

  235. Britney

    Hi, I am wanting to implement science notebooks this year, also. Could you please send me the kit? Thanks so much!

  236. Deana Hills

    Hi, I am also looking into implementing interactive notebooks this year. This will be my first year teaching middle school science. Could you please send me the kit? Thank you very much.

  237. Kelly Taylor

    I am a 10th grade physical science and physics teacher. I have been thinking about ISN for this upcoming school year. I would be most appreciative if you could forward your wonderful idea (set-up-kit) to me. Thank you so much!

  238. Angela Petersen

    I would love a copy of your set up kit! Thank you so much for sharing!

  239. Tammie Santos

    I would love a copy of the interactive notebook for science.

  240. Lindsay

    Google led me to this post and I know it’s old, but I’m hoping you check the comments. I’d love to see your kit/resources. I’m kind of at a loss as to where to start.

  241. Sara

    Just found this and hoping to get info to help me get started.

  242. Sharon Stepp

    Hi I would be interested in receiving the interactive notebook information.

  243. Samantha

    I would love to get the interactive notebook information!

  244. Kristopher Carter

    I would like to get the interactive notebook information as well.
    Thanks you.

  245. Carla Bates

    I was wondering if you could email me the “Interactive Science Notebook How to Kit” if it is still available. I am not a TFAer either. I am moving from 6th grade LA to Science! Thank you for your help.

  246. Ann McDaniel

    I am not a TFA’er but would love the “Interactive Science Notebook How to Kit” if it is still availabe.
    Thanks

  247. Stacy Belson

    I am not a TFA’er but would love the “Interactive Science Notebook How to Kit” if it is still availabe.
    Thank you

  248. Cecelia

    Please send me the “How-to” kit!!!! I am going to start my own notebook over the summer to show my students next year and have ordered a ton of books from Amazon etc., and I really could use this resource. I’m so glad I found your page.

  249. Carla Bates

    Would you please resend the How to Kit for the science notebook? The laptop in my classroom crashed and is still at computer services. I just received a new computer and I had saved the information on the desktop of the one that crashed. Thank you.

  250. Jennifer Chandler

    I am a new MS science teacher and I would love to try interactive notebooks. Can you please send me the get started kit?

  251. Megan Spellman

    I’m not a TFA’er, but would like a copy of “interactive science notebook how to kit” if it is still available. Thanks!

  252. Megan Spellman

    Hi. I’m a new Middle School science teacher and I would like a copy the interactive science notebook how to kit. Thanks!

  253. Megan Spellman

    I’m a new ms teacher and would like the how to starter kit for interactive notebooks. Thanks!

  254. Alyson Hahn

    I am interested in the interactive notebook for this year. Can you please send me instructions?

  255. Jill Farris

    I’m not a TFA teacher, but I would love to get a copy of your interactive science notebook “how to” starter kit. Thanks!

  256. Denise Jones

    Hi, I’m not a TFA teacher, but am interested in getting a copy of your ISN starter kit. Thanks!

  257. Nicole T.

    I am not a TFA teacher, but I would be delighted if you would send me the ISN starter kit. I have been reading up on them all summer trying to figure out how to implement them in my sixth grade classroom. Thank you!

  258. Lisa D.

    I’m a high school chem teacher and am interested in the ISN. Would you please send me the starter kit as well? I would love to hear your thoughts on using this at the high school level.

  259. Lisa D.

    I’m not a TFA teacher either. I’m a new teacher and have been reading a lot about the ISNs. Would you please send me the starter kit as well? I would love to hear your thoughts on using this at the high school level. I’ll be teaching 10th grade chem this fall. Thank you!!!!

  260. Hello! I have been using ISNs for a year or two now. I am curious about these materials you speak of. I am not a TFA-er…. (I am a TFA-er, really, but in my case it stands for “Teach for Alaska”) I teach both 7th Life and 8th Physical. check my web if you like to see how I have made a T. O. C. online for kids to link to handouts. This is also handy for them to make sure their T. O. C. is current. Cheers!

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