Keeping students engaged throughout the day is a major challenge for even the best teachers. Interactive notebook graphic organizers are a great way to pull a student into a lesson or subject and help organize their thoughts and how they process information.

And thanks to Crystal over at Mrs. Wyatt’s Wise Owl Teacher Creations, they’re easy to incorporate! In this article you’ll learn how to include this effective yet simple strategy in your classroom.

Are you tired of spending countless hours planning for your lessons?

Are your kiddos sick of seeing the same old boring worksheets?

What if I told you there is a way to plan engaging lessons that have students using their higher order thinking skills, all while improving their comprehension?

Would you be interested?

Well you’re in luck, because you’ll learn how to engage students with interactive notebook graphic organizers.

Interactive notebooks are 3-D graphic organizers that aid students in the way they organize their thoughts, how they process information and gives them the opportunity to think more critically.

Every teacher wants to design lessons that meet the needs of all learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile learners. Keep the interactive notebooks in your classroom using a captivating topic like fairy tales.

It’s as simple as 1—2—3!

  1. Choose your Favorite Fairy Tales

Choose various favorite fairy tales for students to read with a buddy. Having students read different fairy tales will allow them to have book talks once all interactive graphic organizers are completed.

  1. 3-D Graphic Organizers: Interactive Notebooks

  • Fairy Tale Castle Interactive Notebooks: Story Elements

This type of interactive notebook gives students the opportunity to create a hands-on visual comprehension guide. This versatile tool allows students to take part in discussions with peers, illustrate their thinking, and write about story elements and character development. This aides the student’s comprehension of the text.


  • Two and Three Flap Interactive Notebook

This style of interactive notebook promotes group work to discuss, write, and create illustrations for a variety of comprehension skills: problem and solution, cause /effect, and main idea/details. Once students have completed the moveable two or three flap interactive notebooks, students glue them into their reading journals. The graphic organizer becomes a reading instrument that students can refer to all year long.

  1. Learning Guides

It is always a great idea to have students glue all their interactive notebooks graphic organizers into a reading journal. Throughout the school year, students will have the opportunity to revisit the interactive notebooks to study, compare and contrast to other texts, or use as an aid for discussion during collaborative book talks. Furthermore, these interactive notebooks are a fantastic way to have students share information about a favorite book with their classmates. Students can even share their reading journals with parents during Parent Teacher Conferences to explain concepts they have learned throughout the school year.

3-D interactive notebook graphic organizers are great tools to draw students into the text they are reading. Students discuss and create these hands-on photographic tools to enhance their comprehension skills.

If you would like to learn more about interactive notebooks be sure to check out my Graphic Organizers and Fairy Tales product. This resource includes transitional graphic organizers, interactive notebooks, writing webs, writing prompts, and much more!

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