This fall I plan to add interactive notebooks to my classroom procedures. The goal is to provide students with something tangible to take home at the end of the semester. So that means creating or borrowing resources to guide students in developing their notebook.
Classcraft is a classroom management tool, an elaborate punishments and reward system designed like an epic role play game. Students create avatars and can upgrade pets and outfits based on experience and gold points earned. They can also lose points and suffer minor penalties. Everything is done in a fun, game like environment.
The computer lab is already divided into five or six stations, which lends itself easily to guilds or teams of students who work together in the game. I want students to develop their own backstory and choose their characters for the good of the group. I also need students to keep their login info somewhere safe.
The interactive notebook page can be printed one per student and takes up a single page spread. The left side has the Hero Pact where they agree to stay committed and involved in the game. It's important for students to understand that while it is a game, there are rules that must be followed to make the game enjoyable for everyone.
The right side has a place to document their team information and how they are connected. The bottom portion of the right side in their interactive notebook is where they will write their backstory using the lined paper. For students that struggle developing a history for their character, I plan to illustrate from popular characters like Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen.
The instruction sheet includes a take away card they can paste into their personal planner. I want to keep their interactive notebooks in the classroom, so they may want to access their account from home.
The second page contains the team crests. I will have several copies available and when a team decides which one they want to use, they can paste copies in their interactive notebook. I will probably print everything in color because it will match the website. If I need to go with black and white, students could color in the crests or draw their own custom designs.
You can download a PDF version here. Feel free to make adjustments or customize the file for your classroom setup.