Data Notebooks


Data Notebooks in Kindergarten

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I have great news for you this morning!

Welcome to the Bright Ideas Blog Hop!

I'm so excited to be a part of this awesome blog hop,

which is all about bright ideas for the classroom!

Today, I want to talk to you about data notebooks.

What are data notebooks? I'm so glad that you asked!!

As teachers, we are accustomed to keeping up with,

and analyzing data for everything!!!

Data notebooks provides students with the opportunity to keep up with their

own data, and through this process they become responsible for

setting goals!! When they reach certain goals, they are able to check

them off, so to speak!!

We were snowed in this week, so I didn't get a chance to take pictures of their

actual notebooks, but I've re-created what's inside.

At my school, we have white binders that students keep their agendas in.

I also have a take-home folder for school-to-home correspondence.

We also have the sheets for maintaining data.

The first sheet is behavior data.

I do it by the month, but I've also done a bi-weekly format in the past.

This helps myself and the student to have a discussion about their behavior,

and they have to earn so many greens in a week to earn Fun Friday.

Also, no reds!!!

Moving on to the academics, each sheet contains an "I Can" statement. 

This one contains the data on counting to 100 by 1's, and by 10's. 

For the students that need it, there are also pages for upper and lowercase letters. 

The last page contains the high-frequency words.

Data notebooks can be as complicated or as easy as you like. 

This is also a great tool for conducting parent conferences. 

For more info on data notebooks, click here


  1. I have been looking for ideas on self-assessments for kindergarten. This is the best I've seen! I'm the title I teacher for kindergarten and I'm having trouble figuring out how I can do this with the 31 students I see in intervention groups for 20 minutes daily. They don't do any kind of data notebooks in their regular classroom so only the intervention students would have these. One question I have-what do you do about the student who is inconsistent in naming letters, sounds, sight words, etc.? Do you have them color the letter, word? some days the kiddos I work with know it and other days they don't have any idea. Thanks!

    1. I know exactly what you mean!! It's definitely mind-boggling! With those kiddos, I hold off until they know a particular letter 3-4 times in a row, consistently, before we color the sheet in their data notebook. I use the sheets that I discuss in this post.

    2. Thanks! Do you have a copy of the sheets? Something else I was wondering- do you have your own assessment sheets that you keep?

  2. Love the behavior chart…that might even work for struggling kids as a daily thing with the times out to the side..hmmm…. Love it!
    First Grade Blue SKies

    1. Ooh, that's a good idea, I hadn't thought of that!!

  3. This idea is incredible! I love everything about it! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea! :)

    Mindful Rambles

  4. What a great way for students to keep track of their own data! Love these ideas!
    Conversations in Literacy

  5. Where did you get your data sheets? I would love to use some of these. Thanks for sharing how you keep up with student data.

  6. My school now requires all grades K-5 to keep student data folders. I have been looking for new and better data collection sheets and these are great! Where did you find these fantastic assessment sheets? Did you make these data sheets? I would also love to use these. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Hannah! I created these, and although I don't have them available right now, I may do so in the future!

    2. I would love to buy these if they're on sale somewhere!! :)

    3. You can find them here Katherine.

  7. Do you have this available for purchase?? I checked in your TPT store but couldn't find anything like it!

    1. Hi Kristin!! As of right now, they are not available for purchase.

  8. Thank you for sharing this "bright" and useful idea!

    Kindergarten To The Core

  9. Please let us know when you will have them available. I have really enjoyed everything I have purchased from you!

  10. Please let us know when you will have them available. I have really enjoyed everything I have purchased from you!

  11. Love your data sheets, would love copies

  12. Very cute! I would also love to purchase copies.

  13. Love your data sheets! I would love to purchase them if you make them available.

  14. Just wondering if you were able to get to these this summer :) I would love to use them next year if you make them available for purchase!!

  15. Angela,
    Thank you for sharing! If you are able, please send the I Can Count to 100 to:

  16. Hi! Are you willing to share the pages for the notebook?

    Thank you!

  17. I really like your counting to 100 sheet, but I cannot find a way to download it? What am I doing wrong?

    1. There isn't a way to download the file from the blog post. You can find the pack here:


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