Using Science Notebooks

A Science Notebook is…
• a personalized, standards-based textbook. • a working portfolio—all of your students notes, classwork, homework, quizzes, and anything else in a permanent convenient spot. • a place to record information, process ideas, and make connections. • designed to develop independent, creative thinkers and writers.

What is the Purpose of an ISN?

The purpose of the interactive notebook is to enable students to become creative, independent and reflective thinkers and writers throughout the year. Interactive notebooks will be used for class notes as well as for other activities where students will be asked to express their own ideas and process and or apply the information and skills learned in this class. It also helps students review for semester exams.

Why Use a Notebook?
• Organization • Help Students Sequence Assignments • Formative Assessments and Notes are together in a single place to make teacher assessment and helping students understand concepts an uncomplicated process. • Provide opportunities to spiral instruction and facilitate learning • Writing Down notes helps facilitate learning • Gives permission to be creative—allows use of the right brain in traditionally left-brained subjects.

How do Notebooks Help Students?
• Teach them to condense and summarize information. • Help distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. • Use to compare and contrast information. • Use to make connections in their work. • Gives a ready reference of the charts and facts that science students need to access for both class work and homework.

The trick to using notebooks effectively and efficiently in the classroom is…

To have routines established for everything that you can. (ie storing materials and supplies, student use of notebooks and supplies, type of notebook and where everything goes in the notebook. The more established routines you have in the classroom, the more automatic the notebook becomes and the less class time it cuts in on.

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What type of notebook to use?

Notebook Storage

Materials • Binders, Notebooks, or Composition Books • Glue, Glue Sticks, or Tape • Colored Pencils • Crayons • Markers • Highlighters • Red Pens • Index Cards • Plain White Paper

Page Design

Page Design

Have a Plan for Using Notebooks
• In—Through—Out • Left Side—Right Side • Hook—Line—Sinker


There should be a teacher directed portion, that is objective and a student directed portion, that is subjective. When you have 3 sections to each lesson or page, the student directed portion is split into 2 parts—Part 1 is done before the teacher directed portion and Part 2 is done after the teacher directed portion.

Lesson Ideas
Beginning Test Prep Question (LEAP, ACT, SAT) Critical Thinking Questions Brain Teasers Logic Problems Brainstorming Word Sorts

Middle Lecture Notes Lab Activities Chapter Outline Cornell Notes SQ3R Notes— Survey, Question, Read, Respond, Reflect Question Strip Video Notes Guest Speakers Study Guides Vocabulary

End
Practice Problems Current Event Summary Illustrations Concept/Mind Maps Invitations Acrostic Poems Haiku Song Lyrics Letter Mnemonic Devices Textbook Reading/ Questions Biographical Poems Comic Strips Magazine Cover V3—Visual, Verbal, Vocabulary Student Written Questions or Problems

Assignments in the Classroom

Assignments in the Classroom

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Energy Flow in a Riverbank Environment

Sun
Fish

Water Raccoon

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Comic Strips

Concept Maps

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Acrostic Poems

Venn Diagrams

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Have a Plan for Grading Notebooks
• Dot System—Look at and grade 5 or so notebooks per class per day. • Grade Complete lessons for completeness and give feedback on activities.

To Make Pages the Correct Size for Composition Books:

Step 1: From Page Layout, Choose margins then narrow.

To Make Pages the Correct Size for Composition Books:
Step 2: From Page Layout Choose Orientation Than Landscape

To Make Pages the Correct Size for Composition Books:
Step 3: From Page Layout Choose Columns Then Two.

Dinah Zike Foldable Books

The Teacher’s Friend—Vista Print http://www.vistaprint.com

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