One of the most popular components of TCI programs is the Interactive Student Notebook. More than a drab, lifeless tool, the Interactive Student Notebook invites students to:
The three key elements of the Interactive Student Notebook are:
Are short and engaging
Draw a parallel between key social studies concepts and students' lives
Spark interest and activate prior knowledge
Prepare students to tackle new concepts
Students tap prior knowledge to connect to upcoming content in this Preview Assignment from the lesson "Spatial Inequality in Mexico City" from Geography Alive! Regions and People.
Use graphic organizers
Tap visual and linguistic intelligences
Contain testable information
Students use this graphic organizer of the sunken ship that they "explore" in the lesson "How and Why Europeans Came to the New World" from History Alive! America's Past.
Require higher-order thinking skills
Incorporate multiple intelligences
Apply what students learned in the lesson
Students annotate a historical painting using word bank terms in the lesson "Manifest Destiny" from History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism.
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the Interactive Student Notebook.
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