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    und...
Benefits   Develop critical thinking skills   Improve organization   Demonstrate understandings in    creative ways   ...
Keeping Current   The COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS (2010)    calls for embedding literacy into science and social    studi...
Interactive Notebooks         and the Brain         Interactive Science Notebooks are          supported in current brain...
Notebook Set Up          Left Side-                     Right Side-       Student Output                   Teacher Input ...
Prompts to Push Student                     THINKING   As students work in the left side of the notebook,    they think a...
Further Resources   http://www.nonags.org/members/dasaunders/index    2.html   http://info.teachtci.com/forum/isn.aspx ...
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Interactive Science Notebooks: A Parent's Guide

  1. 1. Interactive Science Notebooks A Parent Guide by Mrs. Dunne
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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?
  8. 8. 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

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