Fifty Things to Put in a Notebook

by Jimmie Lanley on December 13, 2010

Notebooking is so much more than lined pages with a graphic. Here are fifty things — besides lined notebooking pages — that you can put into a notebook.

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Add some variety to your homeschool notebooks with these options.

  1. postcards
  2. maps
  3. coins & currency
  4. postage stamps
  5. paperdolls
  6. word puzzles
  7. jigsaw puzzles
  8. flashcards
  9. boardgames
  10. exploding minibook
  11. photographs (from field trips or of hands-on projects)
  12. brochures & pamphlets
  13. flattened papercrafts
  14. biographical sketches
  15. creative writing
  16. collages
  17. movie reviews
  18. field trip reports
  19. art analysis
  20. music listening guide
  21. posters
  22. articles from magazines or newspapers
  23. poems
  24. hymns
  25. matchbook minibooks
  26. songs
  27. research
  28. copywork
  29. illustrations
  30. drawings
  31. wheel book
  32. stickers
  33. timeline figures
  34. scrapbooking embellishments
  35. pictures printed from the Internet
  36. summaries
  37. outlines
  38. paragraphs and essays
  39. Venn diagrams
  40. graphs
  41. mind maps
  42. timelines
  43. numberlines
  44. paper math manipulatives
  45. quotations
  46. vocabulary words & definitions
  47. coloring pages
  48. worksheets
  49. handwriting practice
  50. flag books

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Maureen December 13, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Great list! Shared it. :)

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jimmie December 17, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Woo hoo! Thanks for helping me to promote this new blog, Maureen.

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Sandy December 13, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Excellent, Jimmie!

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jimmie December 17, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Thank you so very much, Sandy. It means a lot to get positive feedback on my new project.

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Robin December 15, 2010 at 2:17 AM

I can’t wait to share this on the Stone Soup FB fan page!

Thank you!

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jimmie December 17, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Oh, thanks, Robin! That would be fantastic!

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Yvonne December 16, 2010 at 12:01 AM

What a fantastic list and amazing new blog. I love that you so freely share you knowledge, advice and ideals. Thanks for sharing.

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jimmie December 17, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Yvonne, thank you so much for your kind encouragement!

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Karen W January 4, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Great ideas! I’ll be back for more. Thanks!!

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Carletta January 11, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Thanks for sharing! I am planning to do more notebooking with my kids this year, and these resources will come in handy.

By the way, I love your blog design!

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Julie January 14, 2011 at 7:13 AM

This is wonderful! We needed a shot of fresh creativity around here for our notebooks.

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Tanya January 6, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Great ideas – thanks!
I do have a quick question though: about how much time do you devote to notebooking (especially if you’re starting out with almost 11, 9 and 6 year olds)? It can take us the better part of a school day, and that seems too long.
Thanks for sharing all of your ideas with us!

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jimmie January 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Tanya, in my ebook, I give suggestions for number of pages to create each week. The time spent would vary too greatly to make any estimates. Some children may do text only notebooking pages. Other children may draw full color, detailed pictures. I personally advise looking at number of notebooking assignments instead of minutes spent.

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Edwina February 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Our son has autism and reading delay or some may call it dyslexia. We’ve done some lapbooking, sometimes even with success. I’ve been putting off trying notebooking until he’s older. Do you think it is possible for him and children like him to do notebooking or is it something for older children who are more proficient in reading and writing?

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Victory March 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas! I thought also:

business cards
foreign words + translations
calligraphy
Rorshact blots
comic strips
product packaging

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Melinda S July 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Great ideas! I loved the flag book, too, but I’m wondering–what information would you put into a flag book? Is there a page with ideas for how to use it? Thx!

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Sharon July 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

As I prepare for a transition to 5th from 4th, I was blessed to find your site. Common Core is coming our way and your site has given me ideas and a better understanding of fun data notebooks… I see too how a student can show their understanding from the pages you have shown. Thank you for being so generous.

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Amie November 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

What fab ideas x im new to home schooling and this page had given me ideas thanks xx

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