Once the bucket is emptied, it becomes a mini-recycling bin! With Interactive Notebooks, there are a lot of scraps. I either had students constantly walking to the recycling bin or pieces of paper all over the floor. Their group bin collects all their scraps until the very end of the lesson. This way, if something is thrown away “accidentally,” it can be easily retrieved! Once the lesson is over, one student from each group empties their bucket before putting their materials back in.
Our class also came up with a new rule. They couldn’t start a step until the picture clue had been put on the board. For example, they weren’t allowed to even pick up their scissors until the “Cut” picture was placed on the board by me. This meant that they would hear all the directions before they started. Their eyes were all on me, as well, as they waited until I put that picture up!
Suzy Q says
Great tips…moving to grade 5 next year and think I'll be using your ideas! Love the idea of keeping all scraps till the end. One thing I've done in second (not with IN, just with cut pieces in general) is to write your initials on every single piece. Saved my sanity when I find one on the floor.
Adri Rydholm says
Thank for the tips! I like that students can't move on until the step is on the board.
Lee Long says
I'm curious about how you go about putting up the picture cards. As in when? And specifics. Do you have a certain amount of time before the next one goes up? I also have issues with them following directions.
I put up the picture as soon as I am done giving directions for that step. For example, I might say, "Cut out only the circle on your page. Do not cut out the square." Then I will put the cutting image up. This way, I know that students will hear the entire direction, not just the "cut" part! I then observe the students and once a majority of them have completed that step, I move onto the next direction. I hope that helps! 🙂
Diane R says
My students believe that they always know what the end product will look like at more times than not end up doing it wrong. I love the step picture cards to slow them down so they're listening and watching me! Love the extra pieces envelope, too!