Science Notebooks. “The purpose of science notebooks is to build science content and process skills in a manner similar to the way scientists work while serving as a context for developing literacy.”- Brian Campbell & Lori Fulton. It’s the Nature of Science.
“The purpose of science notebooks is to build science content and process skills in a manner similar to the way scientists work while serving as a context for developing literacy.”- Brian Campbell & Lori Fulton
By using notebooks, students model one of the most vital and enduring functions of scientists in all disciplines – recording information, figures, and data.
Marzano’s Nine Instructional Strategies That are Most Likely to Improve Student Achievement
1. Identifying similarities and differences (notebooks)
2. Summarizing and note taking (notebooks)
3. Reinforcing effort and providing recognition (notebooks)
4. Homework and practice (notebooks)
5. Nonlinguistic representations (notebooks)
6. Cooperative learning (notebooks)
7. Setting objectives and providing feedback (notebooks)
8. Generating and testing hypotheses (notebooks)
9. Cues, questions, and advance organizers (notebooks)
Starting Point Labs
My question: _________________ (Question/Problem)
I think _____ will happen because ______ (Hypothesis)
Based on previous results, I predict ______ (Prediction)
I noticed/observed _________________ (Observation)
What did the results tell you? __________ (Conclusion)
I discovered __________ (Reflection/Line of Learning)
Questions I have now are ___ (Next Steps/New Questions)
PURPOSE: Objective or lesson topic
QUESTION: Teacher or student generated that relates to the purpose
PREDICTION/HYPOTHESIS: What you think will happen
PROCEDURE: material, steps, data collection
OBSERVATION: observe objects or events in a variety of ways using one or more of the senses and identify properties of an object, i.e., shape, color, size, and texture.
COMMUNICATING: notes, charts, graphs, drawings, diagrams, tables
CONCLUSION: “This is what happened….”, “I noticed….”, “Our group or I found…” You should interpret your data and information. This is also a time to share.
LOL (Lines of learning) Record and give details of new information that was learned.
STUDENT: I understand that my Science Notebook is where all my science class work, notes, vocabulary and labs are recorded. My science grade is dependent on the contents of my notebook. I will do my best to keep it organized, neat, and up-to-date. If I am absent, I understand that it is my responsibility to make up any work that I missed. I will make-up my work within three days of my absence.
Student Name _________________________________ (Print)
SIGNED ______________________________ Date ______________
Parent: I understand the purpose and importance of the science Notebook
How do you modify for them?
Secretaries take notebooks to them to copy.
If you have a smart board, mimeo or PowerPoint Presentation print them out so they can glue or copy them in their notebook
Science Notebooks Writing About Inquiry. Brian Campbell & Lori Fulton. NSTA Press
Using Science Notebooks in Elementary Classroom
By: Michael P. KlentschyNSTA press
$19.16 - Member Price
$23.95 - Nonmember Price
ISBN # 978-1-93353-103-8
Record as a scientist …
And reflect as a scientist