Awhile back I discovered notebooking. Well, I guess I should say rediscovered notebooking. I used to use a version of this when I taught in the classroom. Being one that doesn’t like clutter, I love the idea that everything fits into a binder (or a notebook) and at the end of the year you have a nice memory of your learning.
I started brainstorming all that I could do with notebooking. Then I had to reign myself in because no one wants to write a bunch of pages each day on each subject they are learning. But then we picked a science topic to explore and thus my very first notebooking page was created! Check out my constellation notebooking page!
This page contains affiliate links.
What Is Notebooking?
Notebooking is a way to record what you have learned in a simple and memorable way. Basically it’s a bunch of graphic organizers put together on a specific subject.
What Is A Graphic Organizer?
It’s a way to break down your thinking and learning so that you can form your own ideas and explain what you have learned. A graphic oranizer can look like a Venn Diagram, a listing of facts learned, a story map, etc.
So What Is the Difference?
In my opinion, the only difference is that in notebooking one takes the graphic organizers and puts them together to form the notebook!
My Constellation Notebooking Page!
A few weeks ago Diesel wanted to start an astronomy unit. I figured he is interested and wants to learn so I won’t discourage him. Did I have anything prepared to aid in our learning? Nope. Nada. Zilch. But then I started reading about notebooking and I got an idea.
Diesel wanted to do astronomy because he wanted to learn about the stars and constellations. I decided to make my very first notebooking page as a way of recording the constellations we learned about!
We started by reading about constellations in Glow-In-The-Dark Constellations. This is a great books to introduce constellations as the constellation lights up when it’s in the dark. In the day light it is difficult to see, but then BAM! there it is once the lights go out. Pretty cool.
To accompany our learning (and so I could practice creating notebook pages!) I created a constellation notebook page!
Scroll down to get your own copy!
How We Used It
I read about two constellations, Cygnus and Scorpius, and both boys picked one to record. They drew the constellation then told the story behind that constellation. I dictated Rocket’s retelling, but Diesel did his on his own. They turned out great! We spent a total of 5 minutes on the notebooking page and the lesson was finished with me feeling as though they really learned something.
A Bonus Activity
Later that day we were playing with play-doh so we decided to make the constellations with play-doh. We rolled up little pieces of play-doh for the stars and then arranged them to match the pictures in the book. It was a brief activity, but again, it reinforced the lesson. (oh and I found glow in the dark play-doh…that would have been cool to use!)
First Homeschool Lesson Success!