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  • 1. Interactive Science Notebooks
  • 2. What is an Interactive Science Notebook (ISN)?
    • A student thinking tool – one that allows you to organize your thoughts & reflections in a fun and creative way
    • A way to access and process the information using different parts of your brain (done through writing, drawing and discussion)
    • A means for all students to work at their level
    • A formative assessment tool for teachers
  • 3. Why use an ISN?
    • To be like a REAL scientist!
    To record our thoughts, observations, questions and ideas
  • 4. How does it work?
    • Your ISN will be only used for science class and a new one will be created for each unit
    • It will be divided into 2 parts – a left side and a right side
    • It will contain a detailed table of contents
    • Every page will be numbered and dated
    • It will be the key to your success in 7 th grade science
  • 5. Left Side-Right Side: Which Side?
    • The left side of your ISN LOVES student work
    • This side allows you to c r e a t i v e l y interact with what we are learning
    • The right side of
    • your ISN is RESTRICTED
    • This side contains ONLY information given to you by your teacher – nothing else
  • 6. The Right Side
    • This is the information given to you by your teacher during class
    • Examples may include:
      • Lecture, video or textbook Notes
      • Lab Activities
      • Summaries
      • Data from Experiments
      • Classroom Specific Information
      • Vocabulary
    • Information on this side is TESTABLE material
  • 7. The Left Side Let your c r e a t i v i t y shine
  • 8. Left Side Options
    • This is your side to show you understand the material
    • This c o l o r f u l and creative interaction helps your brain to process and remember the information better
    • The result is greater success in science!!
    • Left side choices
    • Concept Maps
    • Drawings/illustrations
    • Poems/raps/songs
    • Flow Charts
    • Graphs
    • Teach your parent
  • 9. Left Side Example
  • 10. Left Side Example
  • 11. Left Side Example
  • 12. Left and Ride Side Sample
  • 13. Materials Needed
    • 3 Composition Books
    • Colored Pencils (collected by teacher)
    • Glue Sticks (collected by teacher)
  • 14. Setting up the ISN Be sure to follow along CAREFULLY
  • 15. 1 st Page
    • In the top right hand corner of the page
      • Your name
      • Your class period
    • The name of the unit centered on the page: Populations & Ecosystems
    • A colored illustration (or two) representing your ideas of the unit topic
  • 16. Back of 1 st Page
    • Neatly center and glue the page titled
    • Left-Side Options
  • 17. Page Numbering
    • Starting with the number “1”, neatly number EVERY page in the very top corner
    1 2
  • 18. Table of Contents
    • Title pages 1, 2 and 3 “Table of Contents”
    • Create table as shown
    Table of Contents Table of Contents Date Item Page Date Item Page 1 2
  • 19. Page 4
    • Glue on Unit Wordle – center neatly on page
  • 20. Pages 6 & 7 Center and Glue Safety Information
  • 21. Page 8 Center and Glue Notebook Guidelines
  • 22. Page 9 & Beyond
    • Each page from this point on needs to have a date below the page number
    • Odd numbered pages (right side) are for information from your ODD teacher
    • Even numbered pages (left side) are for you to interact and creatively/colorfully respond to the information we’re discussing