Interactive Science Notebooks A Parent Guide by Mrs. Dunne
What is an Interactive Science Notebook? A tool to help students develop, practice, and refine science understanding, while also developing reading, writing, mathematic, and communication skills.
Benefits Develop critical thinking skills Improve organization Demonstrate understandings in creative ways Foster literacy skills (mandated by the Common Core State Standards) Provides a portfolio of student learning throughout the school year
Keeping Current The COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS (2010) calls for embedding literacy into science and social studies Students are called to: Read closely and make inferences Determine central ideas Analyze text Interpret texts Assess points of view Integrate and evaluate content Delineate and evaluate arguments of claims Analyze ideas across texts Read and comprehend informational texts
Interactive Notebooks and the Brain Interactive Science Notebooks are supported in current brain research The set up of each notebook aligns with the functioning of the hemispheres of the brain Allows the brain to analyze, interpret, and synthesize information Synthesis of skills aids in transferring information into the “long term storage” area of the brain
Notebook Set Up Left Side- Right Side- Student Output Teacher Input Concept maps Lecture notes Drawings Lab activities Questions Video notes Data and graphs Summaries Self reflections Textbook notes Data from experiments Procedures for experiments Cartoons Classroom specifics Writing prompts vocabulary
Prompts to Push Student THINKING As students work in the left side of the notebook, they think about the following: What are students curious about? What would they like to test/ experiment? What was the main idea? What are the important details to remember? How does the information relate to life? What do students still not understand?
Further Resources http://www.nonags.org/members/dasaunders/index 2.html http://info.teachtci.com/forum/isn.aspx http://www.mrgreer.net/interactivenotebook.html http://teachers.sduhsd.k12.ca.us/snguyen/Physical %20Science/Interactive_Notebook.htm