I keep reading on PT about the 25 cent deal on these at Walmart and am wondering what people use them for. I know they hold up better than spiral notebooks, which are on my supply list, but what are teachers buying these for? I remember someone saying they cut them in half and use them for something but am now drawing a blank.
Last year my students used one for Language Arts and one for Science/Social Studies. I bought 2 different colors and put stickers with their name and the name of the notebook.
We used the language arts one for things like synonym lists, adjective lists, tired word lists, definitions of genres, etc.....and anything else I wanted them to have as a reference
We used the science/social studies one as a science notebook to write science experiments in, vocabulary, drawings, etc. I had them go halfway back in the notebook and use the back half as social studies which we used to keep up with vocabulary, group activities, note taking, etc.
These worked well and I am going to use them again next year!
I use them for Interactive Student Notebooks for math and L.A.,spelling sorts, journals, our new writing program, and for poetry (we glue the poem of the month to be memorized as well as a new poem each week and they complete a written extension). I also have one for myself with a page dedicated to each student where I can easily take notes during observations and workshops. I was also considering a reader's notebook.
to write down ideas for themes I am teaching. They are so durable that I can keep adding ideas year after year. I use post'it tabs on the outside edges so I can easily find the ideas.
I require my students to bring one and we add their Jolly Phonics pages to it. Later in the year I have them add sentences to practice reading sight words.
I use one for Science-students write in definitions, make charts, write out predictions and results, etc
This year I am also going to try having my students explain how they solve math problems and keep notes on vocabulary , steps for solving, and examples. I am going to post questions and have them explain through charts, drawings and words how to answer...for instance; 1/3 of 21 is 7. 1/7 of 28 is 4. Show me how you can illustrate this. Is there any other process you could use to show how to get a fraction of a number?
I am hoping to work on this, this summer and hopefully the students will go from concrete ideas to abstract.
We use them for Writing Notebooks (Journals), Math, and Science Interactive Notebooks and Poetry books. Spirals fall apart too easily and are painful for left handed students to use. Composition books fit in cubbies better, too.