Notebooking with Living Books

This year we are using a variety of living books from our Heritage History curriculum. I made these notebooking printables to go alongside some of the individual History stories my children will be reading. This is a great set to use when you’ve got a week to explore your book. There are five days of suggest activities after reading; Reader Response, Story Order, Taking Notes,Summarize, Quiz. These are just suggestions, the benefit of homeschooling with living books is also the discussions afterwards.¬†You can learn more about Heritage History by reading our reviews of the Early America Library and the Young Reader’s Curriculum.


Notebooking Living Books Set


RRInstructionsFix2Notebooking Living Books Daily Guide

This is a simple day by day guide for children to use on their own. For each Day 1-5 children are given instructions on what steps to complete. This is a great way to encourage children to take responsibility of completing their work on their own. All of the worksheets mentioned in the guide are listed below



Day 1: Read, Reader Response
Read the assigned chapter or book. Complete the Reader Response worksheet.

Reader Response Worksheet
This notebooking page includes promts to begin basic note taking for the assigned text. Children record the title, author or chapter, make a list of characters, new words, a copywork passage, and basic notes on the storyline.



Day 2: Read or Listen, Story Order Sheet
Re-read the assigned chapter, or listed to the audio version if you have it. This time pay careful attention to the story order. Complete the Story Order Sheet with illustrations.

Story Order Sheet
This notebooking page includes three illustration boxes alonside lined notebook paper. Children can make a list of the key events that happened in their story.


RRFactsDay 3: Scan, Note Facts
Scan the assigned chapter and search for key facts. Keep track of these facts on your Finding Facts Sheet.

Finding Facts Sheet
This notebooking page is a simple lined paper for children to note any important facts. This would include dates, times, locations and other story setting information. Older children might use this sheet to add facts to their story order notes.


RRSummarize2Day 4: Scan, Summarize Story
By now you should hav e a good idea of the story. Write a complete summary on your Summarize Sheet. Be sure to put events in the correct order. Include your key facts and revisit your text if needed.

Summarize Sheet
A final notebook sheet for children to include a refined illustration above a complete summary of the story. Blank sheets are available if more room is needed.


RRQuizDay 5: Self Quiz Questions
Use your facts to come up with five self-quiz questions. Write each question and answer on the strip. These will be used during review.

Self Quiz Questions
This notebooking page includes five question answer strips. Children can come up with their own questions based on what they have learned. Use these for review. You could even cut them out and use in a file folder game or jeopardy type game at the end of your unit.




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *