So my first unit of Geometry is in the books! I am LOVING interactive notebooks for Geometry! I have even had a few parents email me to tell me how proud their kids are of their notebooks. i love that the kids are busy while we are taking notes. I was worried that creating the foldables would take too long and make the lesson super long, but that hasn’t been the case at all. It’s taking me about the same amount of time to teach the lesson as it used to. The kids are super engaged the whole time, so I’m able to move quicker because I don’t have to stop because kids are fooling around. I didn’t hit the class jackpot either - my geometry class has several kids that are known for behavior problems.
Whenever I read about other people’s interactive notebooks, I always wonder HOW the unit progressed in their class and what the days looked like. I’m going to try to give a glimpse of that. My students added to their notebooks almost everyday this unit. My plan going forward for the year is that any day I would typically “do notes” is a day that we will add something to our notebook. Some days it will just be finishing pages, some days it will be creating a new page.
This is part one of my first unit for Geometry. I intend to post all of my interactive notebook pages for Geometry and Algebra 1 this year. However, sometimes life will in the way, so bear with me :)
Day 1 - Points, Lines, and Planes
These two pages were vocab heavy and were lots of writing. My students did great with it though! I got the chart page from Sarah Rubin at Everybody is a Genius and the definitions page from Busy Miss Bebe.
I only had my students glue the chart down at the top. It's like a large flap in their notebooks. Under the flap, they wrote the information below.
Day 2 - Intersections
On this day I always give the kids notecards and have them partially rip the cards to create intersecting planes. Then, we stab their pencils through the notecards to show a line intersecting the plane. After that, I gave the kids the foldable for intersections from Sarah Rubin at Everybody is a Genius.
Then, we added the Always, Sometimes, Never worksheet from Math Giraffe on the opposing page. I wasn’t paying attention when I copied and gave it to the kids, so I was surprised when I saw angles mentioned as we started completing it in class. Mental note: pay attention to the stuff you’re giving kids! We only completed part of it and left the rest to be completed after we talk about angles. The page is good though. Next year, I think I will move this page to be the last page of the unit and do it as a review.
Watch for parts two and three of my first unit of geometry coming soon!