Math = Love: Unit Table of Contents for INBs with SBG Skills List, Built-In Dividers, and Mastery Tracking Sheet

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Unit Table of Contents for INBs with SBG Skills List, Built-In Dividers, and Mastery Tracking Sheet

So, that was an unexpected break from blogging.  My body decided it was a good time to catch a cold, and I decided that meant I should take a real rest.  I've got a trip planned later this week, but I'm hoping to get back to posting stuff and making plans for the new year on a regular basis.  It's so hard to believe that it is already July!  It feels like my summer just started a couple of weeks ago.

I've had several requests to share the template I'm using for my table of contents pages / SBG skills lists this year.  (I posted my Algebra 2 SBG skills list several weeks ago.)  I'm uploading them to Box as editable publisher files.  But, you will need to make sure you have several fonts downloaded on your computer in order for them to load properly.  (I download all of my free fonts from Font Squirrel.)

You will need:
* Architects Daughter
* College
* ChunkFive Roman
* Ostrich Sans

Next, I guess I should explain how I'm changing up my table of contents pages for this year.  For the past two years, I've used an individual table of contents for each unit that has worked really well.  But, I've found that teaching some kids how to use this well has not been a priority, and many of my students struggle with knowing what to write on the table of contents.  Other students seem to fill them out and use them with no problem whatsoever and no prompting from me.  

The Entire Template

For this next year, I am going to make it simpler on my students by giving up on my old page numbering and structuring system.  Students will mark where each SBG skill starts and stops in their notebooks.  This will be different for each kid since each kid has a different size and style of handwriting.  Some students will want to include more details.  Others will take bare bones notes.  All I ask is that they number each page and record the starting and stopping pages on their table of contents.  

Area for Students to Record Current Skill Mastery on A/B/Not Yet Scale

The table of contents are formatted to fold over the notebook pages for that unit AND produce tab dividers at the same time.  I'm stealing the idea of folding table of contents from a blog reader who sent me a picture of her notebook pages she was working on for the next year.  I'm taking her idea and adding the dividers aspect.  

Hoping these lines will help students glue/fold the template in the right places to make dividers for each unit in their INBs.

There is also a section for students to record their scores for each SBG skill.  I require students to retake each quiz until they earn an A or a B.  Therefore, my students need to keep up with what quizzes they have passed and which ones they need to study for and retake.  I am going to require students to fill in their tracking sheets EACH time I pass back quizzes.  

Warning - I've been on holiday, so I have actually printed these out and tried them yet.  I may be back to the drawing board soon.  But, you can definitely just steal the skills list aspect from the file and delete the parts you don't want.  

Skills List / Table of Contents

Download an editable copy of my SBG skills list table of contents and mastery tracking sheet here


  1. Hi Sarah,

    Next year will be my first year teaching Algebra 1 and your blog has helped me so much already! I was wondering how you had your students re-take the quiz on each standard. Did you have the students re-take the quiz during class time, or do they need to come before or after school?

    1. Hi! Thanks for reading my blog! I give students some time in class to retake quizzes. Students who get behind and need even more time have to come in before school, after school, or at lunch.

  2. Hey girl! It's Brooke! Love this template but I'm having trouble understanding how it folds to make tab dividers. Do you put one side of the template on one side and then fold it over the page where the other side of the template goes on the back side of the page?

  3. This design makes me wish I had classes to do notebooks with this year. I love the idea of making tabs as part of the actual page. Plus, no cutting needed! Have an excellent school year.

  4. Hi Sarah! Love your blog and I appreciate all you do! Do you have an update to this post that shows a picture of a student's tab dividers? How are the students responding to it? Thanks

    1. Hey Kate!

      There are some pics in this post:

      Most students love them. A few choose to glue them in so the tabs don't stick out which sort of defeats the purpose. But, I think it definitely makes it easier for me to find things. So, I'm calling it a win!

  5. You are seriously my favorite person. Thank you for posting these! :D