|Sample of some of the pages|
About the Notebook
- It is color coded by interim and 9 weeks. This allows for a quick visual reference of the time period the student mastered a concept.
- It allows you to collect Reading Levsls based on 100 Book Challenge, DRA or hand write in the levels specific for your classroom.
- It has a section for the teacher to mark as mastered, not mastered or not assessed yet for all ELA Common Core Standards.
- The letters.sounds, numbers and shapes are placed in large boxes to make it easy to read and mark what they have mastered. The child colors in the boxes that they have mastered. It also includes an easy chart for the teacher to document date of assessment and how many correct. Perfect data sheet to take to an RTI mtg!
- The sight word section is editable. It is seperated by each quarter, with each sight word in their own box. The print is large and easy for the student to see, allowing a quick easy way to assess. The boxes are also large to allow the student to color in the words that they have mastered. It also includes an easy chart for the teacher to document date of assessment and how many correct. Perfect data sheet to take to an RTI mtg!
- There is a section for narrative, opinion and informative writing.
- Recognizing and producing rhyming words
- Section for fluency facts and area to make a bar graph on their progress.
- At the end of each section their is a graph for the child to continue to build on.
- A place to write goals for each quarter and mark if they have been met or still in progress.
- A section on medals that the student earns after showing mastery of each sections.
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How to Start
At the beginning of the year, every child receives a notebook and we go over it in our small groups/guided reading. Every child first starts by writing their name. I love collecting a name sample because you can see so much growth just in their handwriting and of course seeing if they know how to spell their name. The next area we mark is our reading level. I use the page that is a bar graph. It works perfect as a visual demonstration to see their growth and a bonus for working on graphing skills. Those are the only areas we mark to start. The rest is collected during guided reading and Free Choice time depending on the data we need to mark.
I usually have my students work on filling in their data notebooks 1 on 1. This allows for a special time to for us to have conversations and give them some of my undivided attention that they so desire. I do have them mark their reading levels during small group because it is time effective and their group is all on the same level. It allows them to talk together and form goals for their reading. I love listening to them chat with their peers about their goals! For sight words and number I mostly assess and collect data during my Free Choice time. I schedule 30 minutes of Free Choice daily. My students are playing in centers, working on catch up work with my assistant, using the restroom and having a brain break! I typically meet with 1 or 2 kids during this time to work on data notebooks. (I also meet with my RTI kids during this time for interventions.
When it is their turn to work in their data notebook, they grab their notebook and meet me at my table. We do a quick glance together and talk about areas that they are strong and they tell me some areas that they are struggling. We chat about how hard it is for them and what they have been doing to improve. We then turn to the page they are working on, they read it to me and I place a small colored dot in the boxes that they got correct. Once finished they go back to their seat to color in what they have mastered. They are always so excited to color in their boxes and I never had an issue with them coloring boxes or on their graph that they have not mastered. Once they have finished graphing they bring it back to me for a quick glance. We chat about areas that they are strong and areas they can work on. Then we brainstorm ways they can improve. Sometimes that is playing sight word games during free choice, number games, reading with a buddy etc. By allowing the child to color by themselves, they really take an ownership of their notebook, begin to understand areas they need to work on and allows me to start working with another student! Win Win!
I loved having these Data Notebooks in my classroom last year. They came in handy for RTI meetings, parent meetings and of course our Student Led Conferences. I will be blogging later about how those conferences looked in my classroom! Let me know if you have any other questions. :)