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Need ideas to make teaching about cell diagrams more interesting? Animal cells and plant cells are a fun topic for kids of all ages. Today I want to show you how to combine cell diagrams with Interactive Notetaking. I am excited to partner with Five Star® for this sponsored post and to highlight their Interactive Notetaking items. All thoughts and ideas are my own.
First let me tell you a little bit about Interactive Notetaking and how to do it.
What is Interactive Notetaking?
If you are new to this concept, you are going to love it! Interactive Notetaking is a learning style that engages students with the material they learn in the classroom. By adding in creative things such as flaps that open, moveable parts and pieces, colorful images and pages to color in, it really personalizes the learning process for kids because they are involved in creating a notebook to reflect what they are learning. The main difference from traditional notetaking is that Interactive Notetaking lets students pause, process and interact with the lesson on their terms, rather than simply copying down notes. If you have already used this style of notetaking in your teaching, then you know how much fun it can be!
My son is studying biology this year and I wanted to bring in some creativity to his lesson. Adding color and hands-on elements to a lesson always helps kids to remember it more! I created this cell diagram printable set to use in our lesson. It includes animal cell diagrams and plant cell diagrams. For this project we are using the Five Star® Customizable Interactive Notebook. The Interactive Notetaking items from Five Star® are awesome! Be sure to check them out if you are a teacher, student, or a person who writes things (they are great for anyone).
Some features we love include:
Table of contents
Space for page numbers
Pockets (most have closures!)
Margins to record page topics
Grid ruled reference guide in the back
Kids love them, parents love them, and teachers love them! Someone smart designed these notebooks.
Interactive Notetaking with Cell Diagrams:
Check out how we built our Interactive Notetaking lesson on cell diagrams. This lesson includes both animal cells and plant cells. There are diagrams of each in full color or in a black and white outline. I included diagrams with labels for learning and without labels for students to fill in. You can use these to test their knowledge. I also included a foldable page for writing in the definitions of each of the parts of the cell. This is great for quizzing themselves later!
And finally, I have a set of cell parts all broken apart to be re-built and identified individually.
In addition to the pockets that are built into the front of the notebook, there are some little pockets to glue into your notebook to store all of the parts!
Have you tried the Five Star® Customizable Interactive Notebook yet? You should definitely give it a try. I think you’ll fall in love, too! A definite must for your back-to-school list.
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This post has been sponsored by FIVE STAR® school supplies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.