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Interactive Science Notebooks. Angela Royal Lisa Bryant Central Wilkes Middle School Moravian Falls, NC 8 th Grade. What is an interactive notebook?. a tool students use to make connections, revise their thinking, and to deepen their understanding

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Interactive science notebooks

Interactive Science Notebooks

Angela Royal

Lisa Bryant

Central Wilkes Middle School

Moravian Falls, NC

8th Grade

What is an interactive notebook
What is an interactive notebook?

  • a tool students use to make connections, revise their thinking, and to deepen their understanding

  • shows both the content learned (input) and the reflective knowledge gained (output)

  • increases student thinking and achievement

What are the benefits of using interactive notebooks
What are the benefits of using interactive notebooks?

  • prepares students to be part of the 21st-century workforce

  • increases communication between stakeholders

  • differentiating instruction

    • Relevant and rigorous

  • Interactive Notebooks support effective instruction

Why do they work
Why do they work?

  • This notebook style uses both the right and left hemispheres of the brain to help students:

    • sort

    • categorize,

    • remember

    • creatively interact with the new knowledge they are gaining

Create a flow chart
Create a Flow Chart

  • Place these terms in the order that shows how student benefit from interactive notebooking

    • Retain

    • Understand

    • Process

    • Reflect

How do i set up the notebook
How do I set up the notebook?

  • Each notebook has:

    • A designed cover that reflects the author’s personality

    • An author’s page to give ownership

    • Resource pages

  • Model, model, model

    • I modeled the entire first unit

    • Then, depending on your class, you may model, model, model as needed

What materials do i need
What materials do I need?

  • Notebook

    • Spiral or binder

  • Colored pencils

  • Highlighters

  • Glue and/or tape

For each unit
For each unit

  • Each unit begins with

    • A Unit Cover Page

    • AHA connection pages

  • Odd numbered pages – teacher input

  • Even numbered pages – student output

To end a unit
To end a unit

  • Two options

    • Self Reflection Paper

    • Research Paper

  • Students are allowed to use notebook on any assessment

How do i assess the notebook
How do I assess the notebook

  • I use a rubric

  • Organizational/management

    • No loose papers

    • Spot check

    • Student choice

  • Formative/Summative

    • AHA – a reflection of what they learned

    • Self Reflection paper - summative

The interactive science notebook will increase understanding of science by
The Interactive Science Notebook will increase understanding of science by:

  • Using writing as a way to show thinking and explain reasoning

  • Allowing students to behave like a scientist

  • Improving their ability to organize ideas and information to help them study, and build a skill they will carry on to high school

  • Serving as a portfolio of scientific understanding

Is this applicable in other classes
Is this applicable in other classes? understanding of science by:

  • Novels

  • Grammar/stems

  • Math

Outside links
Outside links: understanding of science by:






My wiki page
My Wiki Page understanding of science by:


    • Click on the “Interactive Science Notebook” link

    • You will find:

      • This PowerPoint

      • Additional information

        • Handouts

MS. ROYAL'S CLASS understanding of science by:

My Interactive Notebook Author’s Page




Unit cover page
Unit Cover Page understanding of science by:

  • Right – side page

  • Includes the unit title

  • Student illustrations

Unit #1: understanding of science by:

Inquiring Minds

Aha connections pages
AHA Connections Pages understanding of science by:

  • These two pages are a spread

  • Provides a place for students to record the key question and the summary statements about the major concepts they are learning throughout the unit

  • Most important pages of the unit because they are a reflection of students’ ongoing learning throughout the unit

pp. 14 – 15 understanding of science by:

Scientists learn about the natural world through scientific inquiry. They ask testable questions, design and perform investigations, and use the data collected as evidence of their thinking. We modeled the work of a scientist with the mystery cube activity…

What is Scientific Inquiry?

Pp. 22-23

Scientists use the scientific method ,,,

pp. 18-19

A good hypothesis must be a logical, testable answer to a scientific question.

Left Side ( Student Output) understanding of science by:

Right Side (Teacher Input)

  • How does a scientific question differ from other types of questions you may ask?

  • Science Starter Activity

  • Notes:

  • The work of a scientist begins with a question.

  • A scientific question is one that is precise and can be answered through…

  • Mysterious M & M’s Activity

    • Observations using all senses

    • Break open candy and make a drawing

    • Complete activity

    • Record observations in words and drawings

Mysterious M & M’s: Questions You Could Investigate

A, Color

B, Number

C. Etc.

Self reflection
Self Reflection understanding of science by:

  • Students write a five-paragraph reflective paper about their work during the unit

    • Count the number of assignments

    • Choose four that best supports the AHA

      • Justify choices by giving specific examples why these best support the unit AHA

    • Paragraph rating their notebook

    • Paragraph about the notebook

Student reflections
Student Reflections understanding of science by:

Keeps me organized

“My notebook has helped me learn and discover new ideas “

“My notebook is organized, creative, and colorful which all helped me learn with ease.”

“aha” summaries reminded me of what we learned each day and how they all tied in together …”

“The (use of) color highlights key ideas and enhances understanding.”


Individual and unique