How to set up your science notebook


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  • Scientist use notebooks in daily work and conversations
  • Lewis and Clark explored the Western U.S. What kinds of things did they record? Measurements Observations and other information Drew pictures of what they saw
  • Thomas Edison was an important inventor. What did he record? Wrote down ideas Drew sketches of new ideas
  • Inventor, scientist, artist
  • Franklin invented this clock, recorded and shared his ideas with others through his notebook – he never built it himself James Ferguson reviewed Franklin’s notebook to build a working model of the clock Students can share ideas with others using their notebooks
  • Here is how we are going to set up our notebook You need liquid glue – carefully putting dots of glue to stick to the paper (liquid glue adheres more permanently than glue sticks)
  • Use a “sample” notebook when introducing, if you have one
  • This picture is from the guidelines for older students Yours may have pictures instead Glue it on top of the blank part of the Starters and prompts page
  • Note – can also personalize covers – on cover can use markers…but, *** Make this a rule: you need to use crayons or map pencils in rest of notebook
  • “ Walk through” Table of Contents with them Bookmarking device – like we used to do with assignment spirals Note this one is drawn on…have also seen students put Date outside pink border, and then use visible pink border from other side of page to draw page number line
  • Tell students where you want to number pages – top or bottom on the outside corner Should start each new entry on the top of the next blank page This is not an interactive notebook – so do not need to leave adjacent page blank Most people do write on front and back of pages Students may use different numbers of pages for their entries…so clearly need T of Contents
  • Organizational Tools – explicitly teach – using lists, charts, tables, graphs Emphasize here that you must allow time for student to have time to write – time for reflection. This is a mini-version of the KLEW Chart: students can use it to construct their own list from class discussion
  • Although the learning changes, the way a student uses the notebook will remain the same all year
  • Although this is from an older student, we may also glue in some printed charts and then write in them. You might make your own T charts or graphs
  • Even though this example is from an older student, we may also read things in science and then have you make personal notes in your notebook We may work on summarizing in our Science notebooks
  • ***Can cut and paste things – I will define the rules on what is and is not allowed TEACHER NOTE: TOOL: best to use packing tape to totally cover … safety and issues of molding would have to be looked at
  • How to set up your science notebook

    1. 1. Science Notebooks: Student info Supporting Student Thinking
    2. 2. Science Notebooks in History Scientists at work
    3. 3. Lewis & Clark
    4. 4. Thomas Edison Rosemary Martin Supporting Science, Inc. [email_address]
    5. 5. <ul><li>Leather bound </li></ul><ul><li>238 pages </li></ul><ul><li>Dated 1480 - 1518 </li></ul>Leonardo de Vinci Rosemary Martin Supporting Science, Inc. [email_address]
    6. 6. Benjamin Franklin Rosemary Martin Supporting Science, Inc. [email_address]
    7. 7. Notebook Organization Setting It Up
    8. 8. <ul><li>Composition </li></ul><ul><li>Spiral </li></ul>Type of Notebook
    9. 9. Notebook Guidelines (place on inside front cover – with the Starters and Prompts page)
    10. 10. Sample Title Page
    11. 11. Sample Table of Contents
    12. 12. Entries <ul><li>Page Number </li></ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>(if needed) </li></ul>1 9/14/07 St. 2 – Water Cycle 1 ?
    13. 13. KLEW Chart <ul><li>(place on inside back cover – Fits in sideways direction </li></ul>What are we W ondering? What is our E vidence? What are we L earning? What do we Think we K now?
    14. 14. Student Samples Use your notebook to record your learning
    15. 15. MS Inquiry
    16. 16. MS Summary
    17. 17. Specimen Collections
    18. 18. Thank You Have fun building your Science Notebooks!