Interactive Geography Notebook (IGN) Mrs. Lehman - Room 115 Guidelines and Purpose: The IGN is a portfolio of each student’s work in this class. The purpose is to: • Involve students in “making sense” of their notes visually • Develop nonfiction reading and note-taking skills • Teach different approaches to learning Materials needed: • • • • Spiral notebook Pencil Glue stick Colored pencils Tips for IGN Success: • • • • • • • Bring your notebook to class every day! Label and date everything in your notebook. Assignments must be completed on the correct page. Use color – the notebook is a visual study tool! Color should be meaningful, helping to organize and illustrate your notes. If you are absent from class, please check to see what you have missed (Missed Assignment Sheets under window.) You are still responsible for the work. Use pencil to write all text and initial sketches. This allows you to erase when you have mistakes. Do not use pen or colored pencils to write text or for initial sketches. Don’t use markers to color EVER! They bleed through the paper. Directions for Notebook Assignments Students work at different rates, and although the majority of notebook assignments will be completed in class, not every child will finish within the allotted time. There will be “catch-up” time for those who need it and “review” time for those whose notebooks are complete and correct. Notebooks will be checked and graded following these times. Notebook Organization: The notebook will be organized into a LEFT side and a RIGHT side. LEFT SIDE: Students Process Information • The left side of the notebook will be used for a variety of different activities. RIGHT SIDE: Teacher Guides Information • The right side of the notebook is for class and reading notes. It contains “testable” information, • • The left side helps you make sense of the right-side information and deepen you understanding. (The teacher will recommend strategies students could use for the left side during the 1st quarter of the year.) It will include notes, handouts and other assignments. Preview Strategies Table of Contents • Students will set aside the first four pages (front & back) of their notebook for a Table of Contents. Unit/Chapter Title Pages • The first page of each new unit, chapter and section should be labeled and illustrated. • Be sure to have a clear, legible title. • Be colorful, attractive and meaningful…and creative! Here are some examples of what you might find in your IGN this year: LEFT side of the Notebook: RIGHT side of the Notebook: • • • • Vocabulary Notes on a: mini-lesson lecture film/video/documentary small group or large group discussion guided reading • ETC. • • • • • • • • paraphrase to clarify items draw, or glue a photo, sketch, or magazine picture that illustrates the concept, ideas, or facts ask questions about the information form and express an opinion predict outcomes or next steps create a metaphor that captures the essence of the information/issue write a reflection on the information or experience make connections create an acronym or write a short poem (acrostic, haiku or limerick) to help you remember the information covered create a graphic organizers like a web, venn diagram, etc. Interactive Geography Notebook – 1st Quarter Rubric 10 Points 8 Points 6 Points 4 Points 2 Points Overall Organization/Neatness Work is very organized; pages are attached securely; left side/ right side order in tact; pages are numbered. Work is organized; pages are loose; left side/right side order in tact; pages are numbered Work is a little confusing; left side/right side order in tact; pages are numbered Work has little order; left side/right side order in tact; no page numbers Work has no order; pages are missing; left side/right side order is not correct; No page numbers Completeness for Right Side All work is clear, complete, detailed. Anyone could use as study guide. Most work is done, but some assignments are missing. Work and notes are mostly done, but 3-4 assignments are missing. Work and notes are partially done; 5-6 assignments are missing. Much of the work is missing or unreadable. Completeness for Left Side Work is clear, focused, reveals personal reflection. Work is clear, focused, and reflective. 1-2 assignments missing. Work is sufficient and reflective. 3-4 assignments missing. Work is sparse, but shows reflection. 5-6 assignments missing. Left side is incomplete or not reflective. Follows Assignment Directions Directions consistently followed. Student put exceptional effort into IGN. Color is included and goes beyond minimum expectations. Directions usually followed. Student has put effort into IGN. Color is included; most details go beyond minimum expectations. Directions not always followed. Student has put some effort into IGN. Color is included and details meet minimum expectations. Directions inconsistently followed. Student put little effort into IGN. Color is rarely included and few details meet minimum expectations. Directions are not followed. Effort Total Student has put little effort into IGN. Color is not included and details are incomplete. TOTAL _____ Out of 50 points Vocabulary Strategies Vocabulary Word savanna Sentence Savannas occur in the climate regions of southern India and eastern Africa. Definition Tropical grassland with scattered trees, usually with wet and dry seasons Picture Question Notes 1. Write the title and page numbers of the reading. 2. Divide your paper into columns and label them QUESTION and ANSWER. 3. Turn each heading or subheading into a question. (e.g. Ecosystems would become What is an ecosystem? 4. Write the questions in the QUESTION column. 5. Read the information in the section, and take at least 3 bulleted notes to answer the question. (If you can’t find 3 bulleted notes, then you probably need to rethink your question.) 6. Write these notes in the ANSWER columns, beside the question. Move on to the next section and repeat to the end. Components of an Ecosystem QUESTION ANSWER What is an ecosystem? •… •… •… Illustrated Outline This is another strategy for taking notes and visualizing while you read. 1. Set your purpose for reading. I will either provide you with the main ideas or you can use the subheadings from the text. 2. Turn your notebook sideways. Starting at the margin, separate the page into columns based on the number of main ideas. 3. Write a main idea (topic) at the top of each columns, on the margin line. 4. Write at least 3 bulleted notes under each main idea. 5. When you’ve finished taking notes on the reading, review the main ideas and draw one picture for each section. Color the pictures. 6. Color each column a different color to visually organize your information. Topics here Notes here Picture here Venn Diagram These overlapping circles are used to compare (tell what is the same) and contrast (tell what is different) between 2 things. Venn diagrams should: 1. Have circles labeled appropriately. 2. Should compare point to point. 3. Have a minimum of 5 unique facts per circle and 3 shared facts in the center. 4. Circles should be colored lightly, with the blended color in the middle. 5. Include one illustration for each topic. POETRY Poetry in science is designed to give you a different way to think about a topic and to act as a summary of your knowledge. Poetry Helpful Hints 1. Your poem should demonstrate your understanding of the concept. 2. Avoid words that don’t give specific information like “nice” UGH!, “happy”, or “caring.” 3. Each sentence/phrase should be carefully chosen and must relate specifically to the subject of the poem. 4. Your illustration and color should enhance the meaning of your poem. Don’t use random stripes of color. Acrostic Poems Write the name of the person or the concept to be defined vertically, like this: N A M E C O N C E P T E V E N T Write a short phrase or sentence about the subject for each letter of its title. It must be more than one word! The phrases used should capture the main ideas of the text on the right hand page. Haiku A haiku captures the essence of an idea, concept, or emotion. It does not have to rhyme. Line 1: Line 2: Line 3: phrase contains 5 syllables phrase contains 7 syllables phrase contains 5 syllables Limericks The limerick is a poem constructed of 5 lines with an AABBA rhyme scheme. It tells a humorous story. The syllables have the following patterns: Line 1 (7-9 syllables): A Line 2 (7-9 syllables): A Line 3 (5-7 syllables): B Line 4 (5-7 syllables): B Line 5 (7-9 syllables): A (da (da (da (da (da da da da da da DUM DUM DUM DUM DUM da da da da da E.g.: There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, “It is just as I feared! Two Owls and a Hen Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard!” da da da da da DUM da da DUM) DUM da da DUM) DUM) DUM) DUM da da DUM) Diamante Poem A diamante poem is used to compare and contrast. (Where have we seen this before?) It should be written in the shape of a diamond. (Catchy name, eh?) Line 1: Line 2: Line 3: Line 4: Line 5: Line 6: Line 7: Topic 1 2 Words to describe Topic 1 3 action words (-ing) about Topic 1 A 4 or 5 word phrase describing both topics – what they have in common – (A complete thought but not necessarily a complete sentence.) 3 action words that describe Topic 2 2 words to describe Topic 2 Topic 2 Storyboards A storyboard is an illustrated summary. 1. Read about the process, event, or person in your notes. 2. Highlight the 8 most important things that happened in the process, even or person’s life. 3. Turn the notebook sideways. Title the storyboard on the margin line. 4. Separate the remainder of the page into 8 panels, like this: TITLE HERE 5. At the bottom of each box, write your caption. Your caption must be at least one complete sentence and explain what is going on in your illustration. 6. Above or below the caption, draw you illustration. This should be appropriate, meaningful, and colored. 7. When you have finished, your storyboard should be a meaningful summary of the process, event, or person’s life we have studied.