Thursday, August 13, 2015

Interactive notebook fun teaches K-2 students CCS critical vocabulary and a giveaway!

I had a problem, but not anymore. I first posted about how to teach rigorous CCS critical vocabulary to kindergarten and first graders here. After much research over the summer, I think I've figured it out. You have a chance to win this or another product from my store (excluding bundles)! Keep reading to find out how.

If you know about INB (Interactive Notebooks), then you know that these promote 99.9% student engagement (not researched, but true in my mind). All kids love to cut and paste and making your own book of such things bring pride and joy to them. It's like a scrapbook of their learning throughout the year.

Not only that, but I enjoy seeing these INBs in progress. Let alone that, parents can view them during conferences to see their child's learning and growth. They can even see organizational skills being can take some effort for 6-year-olds to glue paper straight and neatly on another piece of paper.

I have to say that it was fun for me to make the samples you see above. It is fun to flip back through the pages of the book to see the goodies I've collected. And you know that if an adult has fun making these, kids are bound to as well.

For a limited time, I have one of these sets available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for 50% off.

Other printables are included as well, to reinforce and review the vocabulary another time.

What fun ways do you teach vocabulary in your classroom? Tell me in the comments below and I will choose one of you to win one item of your choice from my store (excluding bundles)!


  1. I love your vocab ideas! In my classroom we play versions of 7Up and Bingo with vocab words. We also make webs on chart paper for commonly used words and their more interesting synonyms. I give the kids a special sticker if they use one of the words in their written work.
    Always Primary

    1. You win! Leave your email and your choice of product from my store (excluding bundles)! Congrats!

    2. Wow! Thanks! I have both of your wonderful Critical Vocab packs on my TpT wish list. So I'll choose the first one and buy the second.
      My email is
      I'll email you something back that I made.

  2. I have had a "word of the day" before with my first and second graders...where I post it...we define it, etc. and then if I hear them use it appropriately sometime that week, in reading or writing, they get their name put in a basket for a drawing at the end of the week! :)


  3. Vixab is so important! One thing we do is we play a timed game I call "white board challenge" where I write a topic on the board and the kids have to take turns writing down as many words they can think of pertaining to the topic. They're in teams to make it more fun! When the times up we discuss which words are relevant and then review key terms.

    1. Thank you for participating! Kids love to use white boards whenever they can!

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