Notebooking With Creative Interviews

by Jimmie Lanley

Notebooking doesn’t always have to be strict narration. Creative approaches, such as an interview, give variety to your repertoire.

A great example is the interview my daughter created after a short living math lesson. We are wrapping up Unit 2 of lessons in which we learned about the googol, a huge number consisting of a one followed by one hundred zeros.

My Interview with Mr. Googol and Mr. Google

Me: Mr. Googol, how much are you worth?

Mr. Googol: I am one with one hundred zeros behind!

Me: But, Mr. Googol why is Mr. Google named after you?

Mr. Googol: Well, I…..

Mr. Google: I can tell you! When you go to my website, you can find a googol of sites about what you’re looking for!

Mr. Googol: But I, Mr. Google, am not the biggest named number. My brother Googolplex is the biggest! While I am 10100, he is 10googol!

Around her interview, she wrote some additional facts and illustrations. You can see that her clever interview demonstrates what she learned about the googol. It’s far from a direct narration of what we read, but it still conveys the key ideas about the mathematical term.

An interview can be used for any person you’ve studied. But, as you’ve seen in this example, non-living things can be personified for an imaginary interview. Give this option to your children this week and see if they like the interview format.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristy May 26, 2011 at 8:03 AM

I’m impressed! Love it!


Pamela May 30, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Very creative and fun!


Heather May 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM

So sweet! Great imagination! Thanks for the idea!


Becky June 2, 2011 at 12:30 AM

I love this idea! I am “stealing” it to use with my kids in the coming weeks. Thanks! 🙂


Sally June 2, 2011 at 5:54 AM

HOw very clever! It’s fun, and it really ensures the narrator to know the information! Thank you for sharing this idea and a true example!


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