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Human Body Interactive Notebook Pages: A Teaching Method That Works For Me!

The new trick in my teaching arsenal this year has been the use of a "warm-up" notebook. These pages go by many names:  Warm ups, bell ringers, interactive notebooks, do-nows, exit slips.  Use whatever name you want, but know this ... This technique is effective and student retention of the subject matter has soared!

I am now writing and developing a set of pages for "The Human Body."  Two sets are now ready:

For this blog post, I'll focus on the first set, Introduction to the Human Body. (For blog posts on my other sets of interactive notebook pages, simply type in "interactive notebooks" into the search box at the top of my blog.)  

This is the first year that I have introduced this technique into my classes, and I have been most pleasantly surprised by the response of my students.  There is no moaning and groaning in my classroom,,,, the students are actually enjoying this! We are calling this a "warm up" notebook in my class.  My students do these pages at the beginning of each class period, and often carry home additional pages to complete for homework.  Many of the students have taken great pride in their notebooks, going above and beyond to create amazing notebooks.  All of the students who at putting in at least some effort are commenting that studying has become an easier task and they are getting better grades as a result.  

As I stated above, I have just begun to development the pages for the human body.  The following images will provide you with some details of this set.

The student pages are half-page sizes.  Two warm ups are printed on one page to help you save paper.  There is no elaborate cutting, gluing, or folding required.  You simply print the pages and cut them in half.  A teacher answer key is provide for each and every student page.

This set includes 19 student pages.  The specific titles can be seen below.

I have written these warm ups to be used with my first year Biology classes, but the pages have a good range of "easy to difficult."  This makes them usable by both middle school and high school teachers.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I know that we are all getting excited that summer is just around the bend!

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