Can you believe it is already August!? Where did the last 2 months go!? I don't know about all of you, but while I love summertime, I am secretly excited about getting back into the swing of things. Shhh....don't tell.
Anyway, in preparation for next year, I spent some time making sample Reader's and Writer's notebooks for my kids to see before the make their own this year. And, for your viewing pleasure, I have included a step by step guide for you! **Also, in keeping with my "save money" theory that I am trying to stick with this year, all of the materials that I used were scrounged up in my classroom and at home.
Step 1: Start out with a marble notebook, construction paper, scissors, marker, glue, and tape. I ask my kids to bring in marble notebooks, but a notebook with rings would be fine too:)
Cut the construction paper to fit the size of the pages in the notebook. Fold that page to make 2 triangles. They will not "line up".
Step 3: Cut the paper into 2 triangles. You will need to do this for as many dividers as you want to have. I have 4 triangles, which took two sheets of construction paper.
Step 4: Label the construction paper with the headings that you would like them to have. I used red marker to match the red front of my notebook, and I chose to have all of the dividers look the same, to make the notebook more cohesive.
Step 5: Glue the pages down only around the two edges that are on the sides of the notebook. (This will be the two sides which make a right triange.) I also used tape to reinforce. The construction paper should make a pocket on the page.
|You can see the tape on the side of the page. This will help ensure the construction paper does not fall out or peel up.|
|This is how the paper will serve as a pocket.|
Step 6: Repeat the steps for the remainder of the pages in the notebook. Use the extra construction paper to create a title for the front of the notebook. I chose for my title to match the rest of the dividers in the notebook.
**For my writing notebook, I followed the same process. I chose to have 3 sections in the writing notebook: Notes (10 pages), Writing (All pages in the middle of the notebook), and Words (the last 4 pages). I used a word wall template on the last four pages for students to record new vocabulary and tricky words to use as a reference when they are writing. There are pictures of the Writer's Notebook below.
|Individual Word Wall for each notebook|
Best of Luck on getting everything ready for the year!