Interactive Science Notebooks

Math & Science Updates- March 2016

Research Behind Interactive Science Notebooks

When students are forced to think and write about science, they are engaging in intellectual learning. One way to engage students in this type of learning is by having students use science notebooks. Recent research has shown the benefits of implementing notebooks in the elementary classroom. Some of these benefits include:

  • Engaging students with the opportunity to model the data collection forms that scientists use
  • Giving the students a reference and resource that can be used throughout the year
  • Allowing for communication between the teacher, student, and parent/guardian
  • Providing another tool for the teacher to use as an assessment
  • Enhancing literacy in the classroom
  • Supporting differentiated instruction

The bullet points listed above are just a few of the reasons why having students keep science notebooks is an effective pedagogical strategy. Further, notebooks are very much aligned with some of the scientific practices in the Next Generation Science Standards, including planning investigations, constructing explanations, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

Interdisciplinary Use of Notebooks

This is not just limited to science....

Although this newletter focuses on how interactive notebooks can be used in science, this tool is a methodology that could really be used in all subjects. The link below shows samples in one class in various disciplines. Since all of the notebooks are set up the same, it provides structure to the students as well as clear expectations.