We began our social studies time last Friday taking a Paul Revere Pretest in our notebook.
I was able to walk around behind students and see their answers. I then knew who had never heard of Paul Revere and who might have heard about him at some point (pretty much everyone had never heard of him).
On Monday we started our lesson by setting up our standard and essential question. I have the standards printed on Avery labels (2″ x 4″ shipping labels). This makes it simple for students. I think when I run out of label I will print on post it notes (labels are expensive and post it are not). Then the students write the EQ down and put a pre and post post it note in their notebook. I ask students to try to answer the EQ on the pre post it note. Even if they write “I don’t know” I want to see something on the post it note.
After going through the first power point we do a vocabulary lesson. I had 8 definitions students cut out and glued down on their pages (4 per page). Then each definition was covered with a post it note. Students could then write the word that matched the definition on the post it note. Now students can quiz themselves on the definitions later without cheating (easily).
On Tuesday students helped me fill out a graphic organizer about Paul Revere (after our second power point of course). This graphic organizer is scaffolding them into being able to write their own biography’s later. The graphic organizer is stored in the notebook under two more vocabulary words and definitions which are specific to Paul Revere’s life (diligent and silversmith).
The folded up paper is the white blob at the bottom of the page. This is the graphic organizer when it is unfolded.
The students will work on an individual timeline tomorrow. Next week their Frederick Douglass timelines will go in their notebooks also.
So far my students have really enjoyed the notebooks. They are a little slow at cutting and pasting, and writing takes years (slight exaggeration), but they are learning a lot have great resources to study in their notebooks!