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Interactive Notebook Dividers

One of my favorite changes from last school year was to make dividers for my students’ interactive notebooks.  The year before last, I tried using sticky tabs to separate units.  But, these just got bent up in students’ backpacks.  The kids weren’t using them, so I stopped handing them out.

This past year’s dividers were made out of a letter-sized sheet of paper.  The paper was folded and glued in the notebook so that the title of each unit stuck out of the notebook for easy reference.

three interactive notebooks with dividers sticking out.

The very first divider had a place for students to mark off each unit as they completed it.  I never remembered to remind students to do so, so most of them left it blank.  A couple of students did enjoy coloring in their progress.

unit mastery blocks on interactive notebook divider.

Each unit’s pages consisted of two parts: a score tracking sheet and a list of skills that doubled as a table of contents.

student filled in skill mastery chart on interactive notebook divider.
solving quadratics interactive notebook divider.

A few weeks ago, Shaun started questioning me about these dividers and what I thought about them after using them for a year.  I told him they were a must-have for keeping notebooks organized.  I was able to help my students use their notebooks much more effectively this year because they (and I!) could actually find stuff.

The dividers made me more organized because #1) I had to know exactly what skills we would be covering in each unit BEFORE it started #2) I had to know exactly what order said skills would be covered in during each unit BEFORE It started.

Then, we started discussing possible tweaks to the dividers for next year.  Since the skills are already written out and in order, we decided that the page numbers were actually unnecessary.  My students weren’t using the page numbers to find things, anyway.

They were using the topic dividers that I gave them at the beginning of each unit.

parts of a radical interactive notebook page.

Next, Shaun suggested that we could put quiz scores in place of the page numbers.  This would put the quiz scores right next to the skill instead of making students flip back and forth.

relations and functions interactive notebook divider with top ten things to remember chart.
sbg score tracking chart on interactive notebook divider.

So, what goes on the other side now?  A pretty picture, of course.

radicals interactive notebook divider with top ten things to remember.

Shaun already posted the dividers he designed from his geometry classes here.  I borrowed his new and updated template to make dividers for my Algebra 1 classes.  Here are the finished products:

radicals sbg skills on interactive notebook divider.

Free Download of Interactive Notebook Dividers


2016-2017 Algebra 1 Interactive Notebook Dividers (PDF and Editable Publisher File ZIP) (1877 downloads )

If you want to edit the Publisher files, you’ll need to also download these free fonts: Righteous and Open Sans.  All clip art images were downloaded from ClipArt ETC.

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Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Sarah, How do I get to the slide template for the dividers. I teach Alg. 1 and Alg. 2. My friend uses your dividers for her interactive notebook and she said they are on slides that you can edit. I've searched and can't find what she's talking about.

Tracy

Unknown

Saturday 18th of August 2018

Could you please share the original dividers in the unit 1,2, 3, . . . form? These units line up more to what I teach. Thanks for such a great idea and reaource

Unknown

Saturday 18th of August 2018

My gmail email is lautru32

Unknown

Monday 6th of August 2018

Hi Sarah! I really love your blog. I am going to try to implement INB in Algebra 1 this year. I was wondering if you can share with me the updated dividers you have been using with your new standards?

Unknown

Friday 17th of November 2017

Silly question... each notebook entry involves a left page and a right page (open book). What do you do with the blank pages if you glue the divider in? One left side before the divider and one right side after the divider would be blank. Do you just leave it blank? Add in something funky? Is this just my Type A getting me sidetracked?

Grade Four

Monday 14th of August 2017

Thanks so much for sharing these and making them editable! It was very easy to change the outcomes to the Canadian ones. My kiddos loved that they knew exactly where to flip to when they needed something!

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Tuesday 5th of September 2017

Glad you could use them!

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