Science Notebooks. Part of the scientific process . Provides structure for inquiry learning. Sense-making tool for students. Supports the development of literacy skills. Natural differentiation. Saves preparation time. Why Use Science Notebooks. What is a Science Notebook?.
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Notebook Must Haves:
Table of Contents (save 3 pages)
Title and Date (for each entry or lesson)
Optional: Index or Glossary
Hot and Cold Water Investigation
[Procedures and Recording Data Depends on the Activity]
Question that can be answered by collecting data or making observations.
Often begin with how, what, or which
Can be teacher generated in guided inquiry
Can be student generated in open inquiry
- How does number of winds affect the strength of an electromagnet?
Which material creates the most charge on a vinyl record?
What happens when calcium chloride is dissolved in water?
Provide a reasonable prediction regarding the question in the investigation
Clear and concise
Provide a reason
Push students to use because
The aluminum foil will not conduct electricity because it is not attracted to a magnet.
Ways Students Can Make a Plan
Claim: A student explanation. It should answer or relate to the question. (I claim that….)
Evidence: Comes from data or observations collected during the investigation. It is used to support the claim. (I know thisbecause…)
Students write what they have learned, not what they have done:
My hypothesis was correct. The food coloring in the hot water mixed the fastest. In cold water it took 2 minutes for the food coloring to mix. In the hot water it only took 30 seconds for the food coloring to mix. I think that heat in the water makes the water move around more and that is why the food coloring mixed faster.
Science notebooks will be more meaningful to students if they need to use their notebooks to review, complete projects, solve new problems, or even create fold-ables.
Reviewing Science Notebooks Takes Time!
Assess and provide feedback as students work.
Have students leave notebooks open to page on their desks.
Collect only 1/3 of the notebooks at a time.
Focus on one skill or one reflection at a time.
Have students do work on a hand-out, grade it, then tape it into the notebooks later.
Have students self assess notebooks using a checklist.
TASK: - Read the student work and determine what you would tell and/or write to the student to give the student feedback.
In this lab we put food coloring in hot and cold water. We made sure that we used the same amount of water and the same amount of food coloring in each cup. I thought that the food coloring would mix in the hot water fastest and I was right . We found out that hot water won! If I did this experiment again, I would want to try salt water and fresh water instead of changing the temperature.
Evaluate the prediction.
State what happened.
Back up the findings with evidence.
(Provide a reason. Make a connection to science learning.)
Science notebooks promote reflection and critical thinking and teach students science process skills.
As notebooks become an “everyday expectation” with science it will help students remain focused and get more out of hands-on lessons.
Start with a lot of modeling in notebooks, move towards student choice in how to record and reflect on information.
Look through your notes and/or the handout and spend a few minutes reflecting in your notebook.
How might you use notebooks in your classroom?
What questions do you still have?
What advantages do you see? What roadblocks do you see?