World's Worst Blogger {and Interactive Notebooks}

UGH!  I stink!  I really think that I am the world's worst blogger! 
I don't know exactly why either.  I have ideas in my head, but never seem to get them written.
{Oh, my goodness, I'm like my son with his homework!  LOL!}

So here I am...finally!
Maybe I'll make that my New Year's Resolution...more blogging.  Hmmmm.....

OK, so over the summer (or maybe sometime before) I discovered interactive notebooks and flip flaps and let me tell you, I'M.IN.LOVE!!



You should see my kiddos when we pull them out to work with them.  It's honestly like opening Christmas presents!
So now my kiddos have one for science, math and reading.  They also have a notebook that we use for journaling about what we read each day and sometimes a flip flap page ends up in there.

So I decided to try my hand and actually making some flip flaps.  They are sooooooo much fun, but definitely an exercise on the brain.  I laugh when I can't figure one out, because what I think would make sense, just doesn't when it's printed sometimes.  

My sweet son has even joined in on some of the fun of the cutting and folding!

Here are some examples of the ones that I've made.  These are all from the math flip flap book.  I tried to hit on a variety of skills. 
This is a basic addition and subtraction flip flap, just a much more fun way of practicing it!
This is fun where students can sort events into a.m. and p.m. happenings.  I love using the pockets!
This is great practice for using tens frames and you don't have to keep making more and more.  Interactive and paper reducer!  SCORE!
Gotta love greater than and less than with the alligator, right?
This clock one is really fun, because they can actually move the hands.  If you laminate the bottom rectangles before adding them to your notebook, students can use them as a write on and wipe off element.

Here are a couple of pics from the phonics flip flap book.

This one is a fun one for singular and plural nouns.  I like that there's a lot of space to fill up with nouns.
This one is for the two long vowel sounds of y.
I love that interactive notebooks are so easy to use and so much fun for the kids (and my kids have been super great and cleaning up all of the scrippy scraps left behind).

BUT, my favorite part of interactive notebooks is that all of the evidence of what I have taught and what my students have learned in kept right between the covers of each notebook.  They came in very handy and parent conferences and should my principal ask, all I have to do is show her.  
(She's pretty great like that!)

Soooooo...how about a little giveaway!

I am going to give away a set of the phonics and math Flip Flap books from my store.  IF you've already bought them, still go ahead and enter and we'll work something out (like picking some other things from my store).  The same applies if you're just dying to get your hands on them and want them NOW as opposed to waiting to win.  Make sense?  


Well, good luck!  If you decide to take the jump, I'd love to hear about it.  If you're already using this type of thing, I'd love to hear about it, too!



36 comments

  1. I would love to use. I love the ideas you shared. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. I love using interactive notebooks in my classroom! This is my first year using them, and my students love them :)

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  3. I would love to use interactive notebooks in my classroom. In fact I bought all the notebooks. One for reading, math & science for each student. But I haven't started. I just wasn't sure where or how to begin. Thanks for showing some fabulous ideas and the chance to win these.

    ~Laura
    luvarbon22sbcglobal.net

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  4. Just noticed my email addy came out wrong...oops! luvarbon2@sbcglobal.net

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  5. Our class uses Interactive "Jounals" (LOL) in reading, math, and science. They love them and take so much more ownership of the concepts presented in class.

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  6. I have started this year but have had some problems. Your ideas look very clear and I especially love the 10 frame. Thank you for the work and hope I win asbishop@comcast.net

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  7. I just started to use them this year in ELA and am in love! It's so nice to have all of their learning (thinking) in one place. I am going to launch the math one after the holiday. Fingers crossed! vmp1269@msn.com
    Veronica
    Teaching with Giggles

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  8. Anything interactive would be great for my kids!

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  9. I have the composition books and have read different blogs about how people use them, buy I just haven't taken the plunge yet. Your products would get me started. I hope that I win.

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  10. I love using interactive notebooks! Students are always engaged in the activities!

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  11. I have used them in he past but want to use them more consistently this year. I love how you can use them to show evidence of standards taught and students can use for review!

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  12. I would like to use them more than I do! I have a couple sets, but it just seems very time consuming for my kiddos to cut and glue and do all of the work. I don't always have enough time for that!

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  13. I just started using interactive notebooks with my second graders. I love it, but am always looking for better, more "interactive" activities to include. These would be amazing

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  14. I have heard so much about them and would really love to get started using them for math.

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  15. I am attempting interactive notebooks with my first graders this year. I love your ideas and the usage of flip books.

    Suzzanne Horton

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  16. I would love to try using them, but second graders with scissors has held me back!

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  17. I'm intrigued about the idea of using them in my resource room, K-3.

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  18. I am doing a ABC interactive journal and initially thought to myself WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO? with the Kinders it took quite a bit of training, but now we love!!! THANK YOU!

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  19. My students all have journals, but they don't seem to use them very well (2nd grade). I've been trying to think of ways to get them to keep more evidence of their learning in them each day. These flip/flaps give me some great ideas. Thanks!

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  20. I love these ideas and I can see kids getting excited about it...so it is PERFECT!

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    1. PS You are not the WORST blogger, I already have that title. www.firstatbat.blogspot.com (mine isn't even cute yet!!)

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    1. I haven't used them before, but would love to with my first graders!

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  22. I would love to use this. I have not done interactive journals with my students with special needs, but would love to try this or adapt some ideas.

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  23. I began using interactive notebooks this year in my classroom and I love them as well!!!

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  24. I like the flip flap books, but the interactive notebooks don't work for me as such because I am tutoring students one on one. But, I do take ideas from the interactive notebooks and use some of those. Thanks for this giveaway. PS I love it when the little ladybugs begin dropping from the sky and through your pages.

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  25. I have just started interactive notebooks as well.....Haven't really got into it a lot, but the kids love the activities I have done so far. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. I've never used interactive books in my k class but I can see some applications in the photos you shared. Thank you! I'm off to look at your store a bit more closely! :) weaverme@rss.k12.nc.us

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  27. I am beginning to be "interactive!" wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com 1stgradefireworks

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  28. I am just starting to use interactive notebooks and I would so LOVE to have these to help out!

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  29. I love interactive notebooks. I have tried to do them forath this year but with about 6 different levels, I haven't been great with them. It is definitely one of my resolutions for the upcoming year.

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  30. I just started a reading notebook this year but love the flip flap ideas!!

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  31. I love the idea of interactive notebooks. I feel they are a great portfolio of learning. I just find it a bit difficult to fit them in. I hope to get better at integrating them into our day.

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  32. I have never used them in my classroom. When I first started to see posts appearing about interactive notebooks I thought, I do not have access to technology so these are not for me. Good thing I took a second look!! I would love to try these out in my classroom!! I did create some of my own many years ago for my Thanksgiving/Pilgrim unit and my kids love them and learn so much. I never realized that this is what these were all about! Great for an "old dog" to learn new tricks!!

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  33. It is difficult for my first graders to understand "interactive notebooking" but I would love to utilize it in my classroom!

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  34. I've just started trying to use interactive notebooks in my 1st grade class and I think I love them! The kids are so engaged and seem to love this way of practicing concepts I have taught them.

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