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How to Add to a Digital Reading Interactive Notebook

Distance learning/virtual teaching means bringing your reading interactive notebook to the digital realm. I have been getting a lot of questions about how to gradually build their notebooks with you throughout the year rather than assigning the entire reading interactive notebook at once. Luckily, Google Slides™ has an add-on feature that makes this super easy.

What Is the Add-On That Makes Reading Interactive Notebooks Work Digitally?

This incredible add-on is called Slip-in-Slide and it will change your world. Have you tried it?

It allows you to add a slide (or a group of them) from a separate presentation to an assignment that has already been assigned. This is perfect for your reading interactive notebook because it gives you the ability to assign new pages as the concepts are taught, exactly like it would be on paper.

How Do I Assign Specific Slides of the Reading Interactive Notebook?

This will work with any Interactive Notebook that you have on Google Slides™. The one pictured below is available here.

1. Download the add-on here.

2. Make a copy of the Reading Interactive Notebook. Name the new copy of the title of the assignment.

Make a copy of the reading interactive notebook.

3. Delete the slides that you do not want to start with from the new copy of the notebook. I suggest starting with the student cover and reading histories from the notebook pictured above. Then moving on to the “Establishing a Purpose for Reading” the next day.

Choose which slides you want from the reading interactive notebook.

4. Assign the Reading Interactive Notebook pages that you want to start within Google Classroom™. Make sure to select “Make a copy for each student” before you click assign.

Assign the reading interactive notebook in Google Classroom.

How Do I Use Slip-in-Slide to Add to the Reading Interactive Notebook?

1. The Slip-in-Slide add-on comes in after the students complete the assigned pages and you are ready to move on. First, open the presentation that contains all of the slides for the entire notebook and decide which slides you want to add, and make note of which slide numbers they are.

2. Click “Add-ons” on the toolbar after you choose the slides. Then select “Slip-in-Slide”>”Start.”

3. Now click “Add-ons”>”Slip-in-Slide” again. Then choose “Select destination in Google Drive.” Select the folder that has the students’ current Reading Interactive Notebooks.

Select the folder that has the students' current reading interactive notebooks.

4. Click on the “Add-ons” menu again and select “Slip Slides to Reading Interactive Notebook.” Select “Choose a Start Slide by Number” and enter the number of the first slide you would like to add. Then choose the last slide you want to add. If you are only adding one slide, select “Only 1 Slide.”

5. Decide where you want to input these new slides in the students’ Interactive Notebooks. I like to add them at the end because I feel it makes more sense with a notebook. It is up to you. Choose START if you want the new slides to appear at the beginning of the students’ notebooks or END if you want the new slides to appear after the last slide the students completed.

Add the new slides to the reading interactive notebooks.

6. Finally, a notice will pop up to inform you that the slides have been slipped into the presentation. That’s it, you’re done! Now you can repeat these steps every time you want to build onto the notebooks.

Check Out the Reading Interactive Notebook Shown Above

The first video shows the entire Reading Interactive Notebook that comes with a printable version, lesson ideas, book lists, and Google Slides™. The second video shows the digital option for Google Slides™ only. You can find it here.

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