I have dived headfirst into using interactive notebooks this year and am loving it! My class is doing a great job of using their notes, keeping them neat and organized, and taking pride in them. I teach in a school with no textbooks so our interactive notebooks are becoming our textbooks.
But, I did run into one snag using interactive notebooks. I had NOTHING to hang out to display what we had been learning. If it was a good display of learning I wanted it in their notebooks. I guess I was being a bit stingy, but I wanted to keep all of their learning in their notebooks. So, I decided to take what we had been doing in our notebooks and create something similar specifically as a “show what you know” display. So, we have interactive hall displays using foldables!
Basically, I used interactive notebook templates to create a hands-on engaging assessment of sorts. I took each standard that I had taught this year. (5.OA.1, 5.OA2, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.6, and 5.MD.1) and created a template for the students to demonstrate their mastery of the standard. I had created an answer key so the students could check off their answers and make any corrections needed before gluing and decorating their displays. This took one class period and was a great culminating activity as our first semester comes to an end.
Here is one of the finished products:
And here are a few close ups:
By the end, the students had reviewed our key math standards, practiced applying all the strategies they had learned, were able to self assess their understandings, and created a fun display to hang out in the hall. It was a definite win-win!
I plan to use this same idea for all of our subjects as a different review/assessment that will be engaging for the kids.
What ideas do you use for hall displays? Do you change yours out on a regular basis?
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