Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher: Reading & Writing Workshop- Interactive Notebooks

Reading & Writing Workshop- Interactive Notebooks

In previous posts, I wrote about my reading and writing workshop procedures and my mini lessons. Today I want to share with you a little about my interactive notebooks.

Last year I did a lot of flip books and flaps, but I was never really organized enough to have the interactive notebooks. This year, I just knew I had to make it happen. I thought they would really help me to be certain I was teaching each of the Common Core Standards and it would give my students a wonderful reference and hands-one, creative practice.

I knew right away that I wanted to start with interactive language notebooks. Grammar is so tricky for 3rd graders!!! Last year we did flaps for nouns and for prefixes and suffixes. They were simple and yet VERY helpful. So I decided to make flaps for the majority of the 3rd Grade Language standards!

The kit comes with labels for the front of the student notebooks and a table of contents to help keep the notebooks organized.
There are 30 different flaps in the kit! Each flap is aligned to the 3rd Grade Common Core Language Standards. Every flap has the standard and a student friendly "I Can" statement. My school requires that the students understand exactly what skill they are working on and so this was a crucial element for me!


The idea of using flaps is nothing new. I have used flaps for science for quiet a while (Hmmm...maybe I should share as a FREEBIE....). The great thing about flaps is that they are so darn simple to prepare and use! It just take a few cuts and some glue along the edge and they are ready for the writing. In the kit, I included pictures of many of the flaps so you could see what I have my kiddos write!
The topics covered include:
Common nouns and proper nouns
singular nouns and plural nouns
Rules for making nouns plural
Concrete and Abstract Nouns
Singular pronouns and plural pronouns
Action Verbs and helping verbs
Action verbs, helping verbs and linking verbs
Adverbs and adjectives
Adverbs: When, Where and How
Verb Tenses: Past, Present and Future
Verb Tenses: Regular and Irregular
Subject-Verb Agreement
Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions
Capitalization Rules
Writing Addresses (with commas)
Dialogue- using commas and quotation marks
Singular and Plural Possessives
Simple, Compound and Complex sentences
Types of Sentences: Statement, questions, exclamation and command
Types of sentences: Declarative, Interrogative, Exclamatory and Imperative
Subjects and Predicates
Simple Subjects and Simple Predicates
Complete Subjects and Complete Predicates
Synonyms and Antonyms
Prefixes and Suffixes
Prefixes, root word and suffixes
Common prefixes
Common Suffixes
Dictionary: Guide Words, Entry Word, Pronunciation and Part of Speech

You can get you Third Grade Language Flaps HERE!

Another GREAT resource for Interactive Language Notebooks is THIS product.Nichole Shelby did a fabulous job making this product. It is creative! My group this year  loves art and so they like to put these pages in their book and spend time coloring them! And it is also Common Core aligned for the 3rd Grade! Score!


I use the flaps early in the week to introduce the topic and then the other pages are used at the end of the unit to reinforce the skill. It is working wonders! Kids don't groan as much during language time!

Go get some composition books and take the plunge!

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