# Interactive Science Notebooks

### Math & Science Updates- March 2016

## Research Behind Interactive Science Notebooks

- 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.

## How to Set-Up the Interactive Science Notebooks Depending upon which textbook/website you visit, teachers have different ways of formatting science notebooks. None of them are incorrect- it is just a matter of figuring out what works for your students and teaching styles. Below are links to various articles that provide different components/formatting strategies: *This one is specifically for grades 3-6 but can really be adapted for the lower elementary grades:*https://www.fossweb.com/delegate/ssi-wdf-ucm-webContent?dDocName=D567150
*This link provides information on how the NSTA suggests teachers use notebooks in the elementary classroom:*http://static.nsta.org/files/PB209Xweb.pdf
*The link below provides other formats to be used but gives suggests for K-2 modifications:**http://www.readingrockets.org/article/science-notebooks*
| ## How to Implement the Interactive Science Notebooks Once you have determined what formatting you would like your students to use as well as what components should be included in the entries, you must figure out how to use/incorporate the science notebooks in your lessons. Here are some suggestions from teachers who use them: http://www1.appstate.edu/~goodmanj/elemscience/notebook/notebooks.pdf http://www.amazon.com/Science-Notebooks-Elementary-Classrooms-PB209X/dp/1933531037 **this is a listing to a textbook that can be bought on Amazon for less than $1 | ## Grading Suggestions for Interactive Science Notebooks The interactive science notebook is a way for teachers to gauge student learning. There are a plethora of ways on to grade the notebooks but many times teachers use rubrics for grading. Here are some sample rubrics: **this one needs some adapting for grades K-3 |

## How to Set-Up the Interactive Science Notebooks

*This one is specifically for grades 3-6 but can really be adapted for the lower elementary grades:*https://www.fossweb.com/delegate/ssi-wdf-ucm-webContent?dDocName=D567150

*This link provides information on how the NSTA suggests teachers use notebooks in the elementary classroom:*http://static.nsta.org/files/PB209Xweb.pdf

*The link below provides other formats to be used but gives suggests for K-2 modifications:**http://www.readingrockets.org/article/science-notebooks*

## How to Implement the Interactive Science Notebooks

http://www1.appstate.edu/~goodmanj/elemscience/notebook/notebooks.pdf

http://www.amazon.com/Science-Notebooks-Elementary-Classrooms-PB209X/dp/1933531037

**this is a listing to a textbook that can be bought on Amazon for less than $1

## Grading Suggestions for Interactive Science Notebooks

**this one needs some adapting for grades K-3