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7 Essentials for Spanish (or ANY) Interactive Notebooks

If you're giving interactive notebooks a try for the first time in your Spanish classes, you may be wondering what supplies you will need to be off to a successful start. Here's my detailed photo list of 7 things (plus a bonus FREE download) that you need to get started on your interactive notebook journey! 

**Totally confused about interactive notebooks?? START HERE with this blog post!**

Essential Materials for Spanish Interactive Notebooks

Tips for Starting Spanish Interactive Notebooks...Part 2

Earlier in the week, I wrote Part 1 of Starting Spanish Interactive Notebooks. You may want to check that out HERE if you haven't already. Today, I wanted to share a few more thoughts that have developed from my use of INBs in Spanish classes.

Tips for Starting Spanish Interactive Notebooks...Part 1

Hi all!! I hope you all have enjoyed your summer as much as I have. Mine was busy, busy, busy and packed full of changes. I'll save all that for another post, but I wanted to publicly address some questions that I've recently received from several readers who are interested in starting interactive notebooks in their classes this upcoming school year. Thanks guys for inspiring me to jump back on the blog train and share what's worked for me in regards to using interactive notebooks in my Spanish classes. 

Maestros de Español...Fall/Winter Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be teaming up with some of my fellow Maestros de Español for a blog hop! We'll be sharing fall/winter tips and activities that you can use in your Spanish classes, doing some super awesome giveaways, and give info on a sale going on during our blog hop that you may want to check out!

And we knew it wouldn't be forever...

Taking a time out from the "teacher posts" for more of a "life post". When I began blogging (although very rarely) almost 3 years ago, my blog was all about our upcoming move and settling in to a new life on an island in the Caribbean. 10 months ago, it transitioned into a Spanish teaching/life on an island blog. Well, now the time has come for yet another transition. 4 weeks from today, we board a plane to head back to the US on a new adventure. It's hard to even write about it. It makes it seem more real. While we knew that we wouldn't be here forever, it still doesn't make it any easier to leave. 

Hooray for Spring BREAK...and a SALE!

This past week I jetted off of Grand Cayman back "home" to Georgia for Spring Break. We actually get a week and a half off, so I went in to full-fledged relaxation mode last Wednesday at noon. Earlier in the week, before relaxation began, my elementary students had some fun reviewing colors and numbers with Color-by-Number Easter Eggs.

The big purpose of our trip was to see family, meet my twin nieces who were born in September and spend time with them and their big brother, B. Here are a few highlight pics. :) 

We built a campfire and made s'mores. 

We spent a day at a nearby ranch enjoying some train and pony rides and enjoying the awesome weather.

We visited with my 97 year old granddaddy. Doesn't he look great?!

Did I think much about school? Was I productively working on resources or lesson plans? No! And I'm glad! Sometimes we just need to take that mental break for ourselves and for our families. I'm happy to say that this was an accomplishment for me this Spring Break. To celebrate this happy, awesome, successful break, I'm throwing a Spring Break 15% off SALE in my store Friday and Saturday April 10th and 11th.

What about you? What did you do for your spring break?

Tired of Traditional Note Taking? Try Flip Books!

Before I decided to take the interactive notebook plunge this school year, I began exploring the idea of spicing of note taking with flip books. I often hear heavy sighing when announcing "Saquen los cuadernos para tomar apuntes", so it's good to change things up every now and then. The idea behind flip books for me is that students are able to create a more meaningful study tool while being more engaged with the learning experience. I have my students add their flip books to their interactive notebooks, but they can just as easily stand alone or be 3 hole punched to add to a binder. I created a template using PowerPoint which I now just edit each time I'm making a new flip involved a bit of trial and error at first with printing, cutting, and stacking the pages, but now I'm good to go when a new idea pops in my head. 

You can pretty much create a flip book for any topic or theme. I like to use my grammar point flip books as a way for students to take notes, practice acquired info, and then use as a study tool when reviewing for an assessment. In the example above, students write in the meaning and conjugations of the given verb during the note taking time, they then write original sentences in Spanish using the verb and illustrate one of the sentences during the classwork practice time. The final page of the book is a conjugation practice page where students conjugate the given verb or choose between 2 verbs and conjugate. It takes the idea of a traditional worksheet and incorporates it into the flip book. This last page works well as a homework assignment. They then use these books to review for quizzes. Here's another example using Reflexive Verbs as the topic.

So, there you have all-in-one note taking, practice and study resource! Do you use flip books in your classrooms? I'd love to hear about it!

For more examples of Spanish Flip Books, click HERE.
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