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Social studies notebooking

October 3, 2011

If you enjoy paging through scrapbooks and think that artifacts, photos, and journal entries are helpful tools for learning about a person or experience, you will appreciate today’s idea: notebooking in the diverse classroom.

Notebooking can be an effective way to differentiate instruction, as it allows different students to create, collect, and choose different writings, illustrations, printouts, diagrams, vocab lists, and any number of other resources and products to study. Students can use their books as a reference, study guide, and record of their learning experiences. Adrienne at Wiggins World is using notebooking as her students learn about Civics and loves how it not only keeps her students organized but documents their learning. The tool also becomes a nice parent-teacher communication tool; this feature in particular is nice for supporting students with disabilities as learners can share what is being covered in school even if they struggle to explain it in spoken words.

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