Conditional Statements Interactive Notebook Page

05 August 2015

I really like teaching Conditional Statements in Geometry.  This lesson is usually the first lesson in my short logic unit.  I actually spend a day or two on this and do lots of fun activities.

If I were teaching this lesson this year (I’ll be home with a newborn!), this is the interactive notebook page that I would use.  The foldable at the top of the page is from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I like having this foldable a little smaller, so that I can fit an example at the bottom of the page.  I didn’t lose any content by making it smaller, the font size is just a little smaller.

Mrs. E Teaches Math:  Conditional Statements Interactive Notebook Page for Geometry  |  http://mrseteachesmath.blogspot.com/

I like to color code the examples in this lesson.  I think it helps the students see exactly what is happening.  

Mrs. E Teaches Math:  Conditional Statements Interactive Notebook Page for Geometry  |  http://mrseteachesmath.blogspot.com/

Mrs. E Teaches Math:  Conditional Statements Interactive Notebook Page for Geometry  |  http://mrseteachesmath.blogspot.com/

Mrs. E Teaches Math:  Conditional Statements Interactive Notebook Page for Geometry  |  http://mrseteachesmath.blogspot.com/

Notice that the example at the bottom of the page already has “not” in the statement.  I think this really makes the students think about what negation means.  Some of them want to have the statement say “not not”, because they just want to follow a rule.  I think this example helps them understand that the meaning of the sentence changes.  If I were teaching advanced students, I think I would make the example something like “Ants are insects.” and also have the students write the conditional statement.

Once I teach this lesson, I really like having my students play my I Have, Who Has Conditional Statements activity.  I usually split my students into teams and have them race against each other.  It’s a fun game that can be played several times in different ways.  I wrote a blog post where you can read about how I play it in my classroom.

I hope this helps you come up with an idea for your own geometry interactive notebook!

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