Your New Best Friend!! The Science Interactive Notebook
Interactive Science Notebook( INB) Guidelines Your SCIENCE INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK will increase your understanding of science by:
using writing as a process for discovery and synthesis of inquiry.
modeling many enduring functions of scientists – recording information, data, and experimental diagrams.
improving your ability to organize ideas and information to provide a study reference for each unit, as well as a resource to consult for review for tests, and even in high school as you sequence into Chemistry, Ecology, Earth Science and Physics
deepening the science skills acquired in prior years by application to 7th grade Science
The Interactive student notebook is an effective learning strategy because it turns student notebooks into meaningful and personalized records of learning.
Think as a scientist… record as a scientist… and reflect as a scientist!
Develops organizational skills
Develops critical thinking skills
Opportunity for you to express your understanding of the material creatively
An 8 ½ x 11-inch Mead 5-Star spiral notebook of at least 100 pages and 3 subjects (or a similar generic brand with the above criteria. Please DO NOT RIP OUT ANY PAGES; you will need all of them!) This spiral can’t be used for other subjects.
Handouts and other teacher provided pages may be glued or clear taped in place so that both sides of each sheet are visible at all times. Please NO staples.
Organized in the same manner : right side for input (lecture notes, labs) and the left side for output (drawings, reflections, worksheets). Each student should have the same things on each page of the notebook.
Pages should be numbered consecutively with each page titled and dated.
A running list of the work completed in the INB will be kept in the teacher’s INB.
There will be collection of notebooks at the end of each unit (when we take a test) . Grades will be assigned based on the completion of assignments in the INB. The total point value will vary, based on the number of assignments. Also, the value of each assignment will go up throughout the year (as you should get better at this process as the year goes along).
Periodic Science Notebook Sessions will be held for students wishing to work on updating or completion of activities. This is particularly valuable if there has been an absence. Staying current with all entries is vital to your success this year in science. Dates will be announced at least 2 days in advance.
If the student is absent , it is their responsibility to copy missed notes into their INB and be sure that they do the proper reflection for that assignment.
For videos, students will be given a worksheet titled “ Video Response .” This sheet should be glued in the first section of your INB and kept there throughout the entire year. Anytime we watch a video, the students will follow the instructions on the video response page for their reflection. If a student is absent for a video, the student must write down 10 facts on the main topic of the movie and do a reflection of their choice, since they cannot make-up the video.
If for some reason you loose your INB or has to get a new one due to wear and tear, you must see the teacher to get the handouts that should be glued in your INB. Please try to replace your INB after we check so they can start with a new section. Also, keep the old INB at home so you can use it to review for Unit tests as well as semester exams. Lost INB’s will receive a grade of O unless replaced and work is redone.
How will my notebook be graded?
Notebooks are collected and graded at the end of each unit or when we take a test. Notebooks will be graded on Visual appearance, organization, quality, and completeness. An important part of your notebook is its visual appearance. Your notebook should be neat ! Your artistic touch should be visible throughout.
Another way is with notebook quizzes. I will ask questions about what is in your INB and where.
Always use color and organize information… It helps the brain learn (at least 4 colors should be used on each response page)
All responses should be in color pencils or pens (no markers, highlighters, or regular pencil)
What goes on the RIGHT side?
INPUT goes on the right side!
Always write the date on each page.
Always Title each assignment.
Always number each page consecutively
If you run out of room on the right page, don’t go to the back, but turn over to the next right page.
Your notes should be written in pencil.
What could go on the left side?
Brainstorming Mind maps
Concept maps Pictures Drawings
Flow charts Poems
Mnemonic device Visual illustration
Vocab. Cartoons Charts & graphs
Write a newspaper article about notes
Write a letter or postcard from a famous scientist
Class work or teamwork activities
No staples, only glue or clear tape
Right side pages are R numbers
The right spiral page is for writing down information you are given in class (INPUT)
When the teacher lectures, you take notes on the right side.
When you take book notes or video notes they ALWAYS go on the right side.
Lab activities go on the right side.
Any other type of INPUT you get in class
No staples, only glue or clear tape
Identify yourself on Front Cover
1 st Page
This is your title page
Put your name, what class you are in, and drawings
Use color and make it neat.
Number the page behind your title page with an L1 in the lower left hand corner
Title this Page INB Score Sheet
This is where you will glue the INB score sheet from your set up packet.
The first right side page after your title should be labeled R1 in the lower right hand corner.
Title this page Grading Rubric
This is where you will glue the grading rubric from your set up packet.
The next left side page should be labeled L2 in the lower left hand corner
Title this page “Table of Contents – 1 st Six Weeks”
Then draw your table of contents.
Table of Contents – 1 st Six Weeks Left Side Date Assignment Name Page number Right Side Date Assignment Name Page number
Title this page Table of Contents 2 nd Six Weeks
Set up the TOC just like 1 st six weeks
Title this page Table of Contents 3 rd Six Weeks
Set up the TOC just like 1 st six weeks
Page R3 will be for 4 th Six Weeks
Page L4 will be for the 5 th Six Weeks
Page R4 will be for the 6 th Six Weeks
Page L5 - Prefixes
On page L5, you will glue in your prefixes sheets. You will need to cut them to make them both fit on the page.
Page R5 – Journal Entry
This is where you will glue in the page “lab journal entry” from your set up packet.
Here is where you will glue in examples of left side activities from your set up packet
L6 – Levels of questioning
R6 – DUFAS problem solving
L7 – Limerick Assignment
R7 – Acrostic Poem
L8 – Fold it 1
R8 – The Ring of Truth
L9 – People in your neighborhood
R9 – Toy Design
L10 – Radio Commercial
R10 – Free Fall Sporting Event
L11 – Overview of Thinking Maps
Syllabus & Safety Contract
Glue the left side page of your class syllabus to page R12
Title Page L12 “Class Rules”. This is where you will write down the 5 class rules and draw their gestures
Glue your safety contract down on page R13
Title Page L13 “Safety Acrostic Poem” This is where you will glue your safety acrostic poem.
Adult Input Page
Glue or tape the adult input page to the inside of the back cover of your INB
What does an INPUT page and an OUTPUT page look like you ask???????
Example INPUT (notes from teacher) OUTPUT (your interpretation)
Example of Video Response
Graphic Organizers in the INB
What are graphic organizers?
Graphic organizers are one way for visual thinkers to arrange their ideas. There are unlimited ways to express these visual ideas.
Graphic organizers have many names including visual maps, mind mapping, and visual organizers.
Why use graphic organizers? Organizers are a way to encourage students to think about information. With graphic organizers, you remove the words and focus on the connections.
Graphic organizers can be used as a nice planning tool from information identification to product development. Finally, they are great for visual thinkers or those that need to practice their visual thinking.
Examples of Graphic organizers Fishbone
How the fishbone might be used
Venn Diagram (double bubble) different different Alike
There are organizers posted on the wall of the classroom.
At times, you may choose freely from one of these or I will direct you to do a specific one.