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Connecting science to literacy through noteboking


Creating a seemless line between science and literacy with notebooking.

Creating a seemless line between science and literacy with notebooking.

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  • How can we as educators create a seamless line between science and Literacy? One way in particular which is research based is through science notebooking?
  • How can we infuse the two? By finding away to transform learning.
  • One way to enhance IBL is through writing. When student write they are thinking; which can potentially cause them to begin to process knowledge and or content at a higher level. They begin to synthesis information.
  • Why do students maintain notebooks? What are the benefits of science notebooking?
  • Leonardo da Vincinotes were made and maintained daily throughout is life and travels, as he made continual observations of the world around him.LinusPaulings-was one of the first scientists to work in the fields of quantum chemistry, molecular biology and orthomolecular medicine. Charles Darwin was the first to produce an evolutionary tree of life during his studies on the Origins of Species by Natural Selection.
  • Innovative Designs for Education provide opportunities for educators to utilize DI through PBL with the infusion of technology to meet the needs of the whole learner. Even with DI we are sometimes challenged when we seek out ways to modify course work for our students because it can become difficult sometimes to track their progress even we utilize varied forms of assessment, especially with the increasing numbers in the classroom. Notebooking provides for continuous and ongoing informal assessment for both the learner and the teacher. Notebooking can be used as a needs assessment tool as well as a means to track growth of a student over the course of a school. Notebooking can be used as an instructional tool during IBL/PBL to move the student to the next level because of the organized cognitive engagement. (Constructing concepts and building explanations)
  • Add link for work samples. Here technology is infused to provided the additional skill to meet the mandated state requirements.
  • Yellow or column for self assessmentBlue or column for teacher assessment


  • 1. Science notebooking
    Essential Question:
    How can we as create a seamless line between science and Literacy?
    Presented by Tara V Dowdell
  • 2. Connecting Literacy and Science
    is typically described as the
    ability to read and write.
    Literacy is the "ability to
    identify, understand,
    interpret, create,
    communicate, compute
    and use printed and
    written materials
    associated with varying
    is an outlandishly large
    body of knowledge. It’s
    domain is the natural
    world-the things in it,
    the principles that
    govern their behaviors,
    and the conceptual
    connective tissues that
    makes it all
  • 3. Transforming Knowledge and Learning
    “The act of writing by its very nature may enhance thinking. Writing may achieve this by demanding the learner to organize knowledge.”
    “Students’ Science Notebooks and the Inquiry Process “
    Klentschy and Molina-De la Torre, 2004
  • 4. Purpose of science notebooking
    • The scientist’s notebook is a detailed record of interactions with scientific phenomena.
    • 5. It is a personal representation of experiences, observations, and thinking, which are integral parts of scientific processing.
    Writing requires students to clarify what they know and expose what they don’t know.
    Effective Thinking
  • 6. The History of the Science Notebook
    The Vitruvian Man, Leonardo's study of the proportions of the human body. 1485
    LeodardodaVinci Studies of Embryos 1510
    Linus Pauling's Science notebooks
    Works of Charles Darwin 1837
  • 7. Science notebooking
  • 8. Inquiry-Based Learning and Science notebooking
    Inquiry-Based Learning
    Unifying Topics
    Essential Questions
    Data driven
    Claims and Evidence
    Meaning Connections to real life
    Student driven
    Dependent to independent learning
    Science notebooking
    Cognitive engagement
    Record of organized data
    Self-assessment tool
    Informal assessment
    Differentiate instruction
    Focal point for discussion
    Link new information and prior knowledge
    Organizing and restructuring knowledge
    Personal record/ownership
  • 9. Interactive Science Notebook
    The Box and T-chart
    Venn Diagrams
    Concept Maps
    Student notes
    Labeled Diagrams
    Click to here view samples of student work.
  • 10. Sample science notebook rubric
  • 11. Thinking about science notebooking……….,
    1. What are some of the benefits that you saw in using science notebooking?
    2. How can science notebooking be a beneficial tool to students of today?
    3. What are some of the skill sets that can be learned from science notebooking?
    Share with the group…
  • 12. References
    National Research Council (2006) Taking Science To School. Washington D.C: National Academy of Sciences.
    Crossing Boards: Students’ Science Notebooks and the Inquiry Process; Klentschy and Molina-De la Torre, 2004