I'm trying to start planning for next year, when my district will fully implement the common core. Thankfully, the transition in 8th grade won't be terribly drastic; much of what we're going to cover next year aligns to what my state has considered to be Algebra I.
One thing I want to implement next year is an interactive notebook, at least for my on-grade-level class. If I'm truly ambitious, I'll do it for both preps.
I started today by looking into Frayer models and deciding that's how we'll record most of our vocabulary. Mini models are created and will fit 4 to a page with room for a title on the page. We're going to count 20 pages from the back of the composition book and paste in our glossary along with a glossary tab. I'm leaving extra space because I expect I'll need to add in additional words either because kids have forgotten things from previous grades or because we're still going to be assessing our old curriculum, so there will be a few gaps I may need to fill in.
Now, I have my notebook set up and I'm using Post-its to plan out which foldables will go where and what other types of information need to be in the book. I'm hoping to have a complete model done before school lets out (but I'm also realistic enough to think that won't actually happen). I would love to get my coworkers on board with this, but I might need to pilot it next year before they'll use it, too.
Wish me luck! I'll be posting photos as I have progress.
EDIT (5/1/13): I'm adding the glossary document I created here. I based it off the vocabulary contained in the CCSS Framework for 8th grade and included a few of the words that I expect to be prior knowledge but I see my students struggle with frequently. If you find any additions, please let me know.