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Closing the Achievement Gap: Science Notebook Writing. Lorraine S. Theroux. Table of Contents. Intro: Why teach science? The Key Components Workshop Inquiry Science Vocabulary Development Notebook – reasoning, components, PD Assessment and feedback Teaching Tips – How to start

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Closing the achievement gap science notebook writing

Closing the Achievement Gap:Science Notebook Writing

Lorraine S. Theroux


Table of contents
Table of Contents

  • Intro: Why teach science?

  • The Key Components

  • Workshop

  • Inquiry Science

  • Vocabulary Development

  • Notebook – reasoning, components, PD

  • Assessment and feedback

  • Teaching Tips – How to start

  • Looking at Student Science Notebooks

  • Adult Science Notebooks – from the workplace


Intro
Intro

  • Closing the gap in ELA and math

  • Brain Research on Learning

  • The El Centro and Fresno experience

  • Why Science?

    • Develops Critical Thinking Skills


Science key components
Science – Key Components

  • Workshop: A Best Practice

  • Guided Inquiry with Quality Kits

  • Conceptual Understand Emphasized and Memorization De-emphasized

  • Notebooks – Not Worksheets

  • Feedback – Immediate and meaningful

  • Compliance with Learning Standards


Inquiry
Inquiry

  • Guided inquiry, with structured activities

  • Opening up inquiry; Asking ‘what if’; Asking ‘what would you change’

  • 5Es: Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, Evaluation


Notebook
Notebook

  • Value & Goals

    • communicates conceptual understandings

    • teaches features of text and informational books

    • improves test-taking skills

    • structures conversations between learner and teacher

  • Use is developmental (for teacher and learner)

    • Expectations are specific and explicit

    • First-draft writing so spelling and mechanics can be approximate


Notebook its structure
Notebook - Its Structure

  • Notebook as a whole

    • Cover, page numbering, glossary, table of contents

    • Consider student-assembled options (stapled or 3-ring) - it’s ‘fixable’

  • Each entry – these are the ‘bones’

    • Date

    • “The Question” – serves as the title

    • Drawing, & labels – bridge between conceptual knowledge and language

    • “The Answer” (must be connected to all the other parts)

  • Develop Drawings and Labels into Observations

    • details, data, tables and charts, explanations

  • More Components

    • May be introduced once the ‘bones’ are mastered


Drawings
Drawings

  • Provide insight into student thinking

  • Gets around poor writing skills

  • Very different from artistic drawings

  • Emphasis is to show observed parts and changes

    • animal body parts are correct in number and location

  • All significant features must be labeled

  • Any observed change is evident

    • May do a ‘before’ and ‘after’ set of drawings


Sharing work
Sharing Work

  • Important Part of Workshop

  • Pair Share

  • Notebook Walk

  • Line of Learning


Assessment and feedback
Assessment and Feedback

  • Four-point rubric

    • (1, 2, 3, 4) – simple, universal criteria for each,

  • Level 3 = meets expectations

    • student completes all requirements of work

    • mostly correct

  • Stamp grades onto notebook pages

    • 3 stamps = L3


Vocabulary
Vocabulary

  • Glossary

    • student should add personal definitions as they add words


Learning text features
Learning Text Features

  • Table of Contents

  • Page numbering

  • Captions

  • Graphics:

    • Tables and Charts

    • Graphs

    • Photos and drawings

    • Plan view, side view, cut-away


Standards
Standards

  • Local, State, and National

  • Local Assessment

  • High-Stakes Assessments


Teaching tips
Teaching Tips

  • IF science, inquiry, and science notebooks are all new to you (or to the students):

    • Routinely have students use notebooks, only require date and title and labeled drawings.



Adult science notebooks
Adult Science Notebooks

  • From the workplace

    • Crossing out errors

    • No blank sheets

    • Dates and page numbering

    • Work from ONE person


References
References

  • Books

  • Online references

  • Further resources


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