Using Interactive Bookmarks to Teach Students to Think About Their Reading {metacognition, annotated notes, literature circles}

Are you looking for a way to turn your students into deep thinking readers and collect documentation of their thoughts without the mess of Post-it Sticky notes everywhere?

It is beneficial for students to track their thinking as they read. Taking the time to generate questions, note confusions, make connections, and document their thoughts helps them to become active, reflective readers. This requires students to be metacognitive and think about the text. It also brings awareness about what they do when they read successfully so they have a collection of tools to draw on in the future.
{Click to access this NO PREP printable Interactive Bookmark}
Often teachers have students use sticky notes to record their thoughts and place them into the book on the related page. While this method can be useful, I often found the students were distracted by the notes and frequently demonstrated confusion when asked to talk about the notes they had taken. 
Since the notes students take when reading can be so useful to a teacher’s instruction it is  important that they be organized in an organized and effective manner. Interactive bookmarks are the perfect solution.

{Click to access this NO PREP printable Interactive Bookmark}
An interactive bookmark provides students with a neat & organized way to track their thinking as they engage with a text. It reminds students of the various manners of engagement and makes conferencing with the teacher productive and efficient. The bookmark helps to streamline student thinking so they are recording important thoughts and not just getting caught up in the “fun of the sticky note.” Best of all, when the book is finished the interactive bookmark can be used as a piece of data to document progress and learning.
{Click to access this NO PREP printable Interactive Bookmark}
My teaching partner and I have been using these with our 3rd graders since the beginning of school last year with great success. The added accountability really helped our students stay on task during independent reading in the classroom and we found these bookmarks to be so much more beneficial than a nightly reading log. Each Monday we sent home an interactive bookmark as the students were required to write at least 2 entries each night as part of their homework in conjunction with the nightly reading. We both got really positive feedback from the families.
{Click to access this NO PREP printable Interactive Bookmark}

This resource contains 4 interactive bookmarks (also known as think marks) that will help your students to become deep thinkers as they read both fiction and non-fiction texts. I've also included an EDITABLE PowerPoint file that you can use to adjust the reading codes however you need! These are great to use for informal assessments, RTI progress monitoring, literature circles, book buddies, homework, at home reading accountability, and more. Turn your students into deep thinking readers without the mess of Post-it Sticky notes everywhere... for LESS THAN THE COST of a pack of sticky notes!



It is beneficial for students to track their thinking as they read. Taking the time to generate questions, note confusions, make connections, and document their thoughts helps them to become active, reflective readers. This requires students to be metacognitive and think about the text. It also brings awareness about what they do when they read successfully so they have a collection of tools to draw on in the future.

Often teachers have students use sticky notes to record their thoughts and place them into the book on the related page. While this method can be useful, I often found the students were distracted by the notes and frequently demonstrated confusion when asked to talk about the notes they had taken. Since the notes students take when reading can be so useful to a teacher’s instruction it is important that they be organized in an organized and effective manner. Interactive bookmarks are the perfect solution.



  • An interactive bookmark provides students with a neat & organized way to track their thinking as they engage with a text.
  • It reminds students of the various manners of engagement and makes conferencing with the teacher productive and efficient.
  • The bookmark helps to streamline student thinking so they are recording important thoughts and not just getting caught up in the “fun of the sticky note.”
  • It will help students build metacognition skills.
  • It will help them strengthen their reading comprehension skills.

  • Students practice both metacognition and reading comprehension skills in a fun and engaging way.
  • It contributes to productive and meaningful one-on-one reading conferences between the teacher and student. 
  • When the book is finished the interactive bookmark can be used as a piece of data to document progress and learning.

  • There will be no more messy sticky notes sticking out of books or on the ground in your classroom.
  • It's a cheaper option than sticky notes!
  • Students won't be distracted by their think marks like they are with sticky notes.


Provide each student with an interactive bookmark and an independent book. They use the bookmark to record their thinking as they read and to mark their place in the text when they are finished. Review the bookmarks during reading conferences to assess student progress and guide instruction. Save the completed bookmarks to document student learning and as pieces of data for grading & conferences.





Check out these testimonials from teachers who've used it in their classrooms...


I love these!!! We work on metacognition constantly and this will help us to keep track! I am going to use this every week!!!! 
- Theresa A.

Not only does this product save on the messiness of 1,000 post-it, it makes my students better readers. It is also nice to have an accountability piece during silent reading time! This is one of my top recommended product to my teacher friends! Keep up the good work! 
- MayBITeach

I love this resource! I can't wait to introduce it to my kids and say goodbye to sticky notes! I hate how off task they are with sticky notes because they want them to write notes or draw pictures and not for recording their learning. Problem solved now with this great resource. Thank you! 
- Liz S.

They have absolutely loved using these. In fact, they ask to fill them out for their recreational reading too. Score! 
- Heather W.

Great format! Quick way for kids to reflect on their reading. They love using the code! 
- Judy S.

You can read more great feedback from teachers just like you here!




  • Interactive Bookmark with Lines for Informational Text
  • Interactive Bookmark without Lines for Informational Text
  • Interactive Bookmark with Lines for Literature Text
  • Interactive Bookmark without Lines for Literature Text







{Click to access this NO PREP printable Interactive Bookmark}

You may also be interested in Thinking Stem Bookmarks which 
prompt questions & encourage text-based discussions.

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