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Science Notebook

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Chelaine Carlton

on 29 July 2014

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Transcript of Science Notebook

Science notebooks are a way for students to organize their data, notes and observations all in one space.
What are Science Notebooks?
How will they be used?
Why use them?
Studies suggests that students who write conceptually 'connect' to their work and make collaborating with their peers easier.
Chelaine Carlton
Science Notebook
When students use science notebooks, they are acting as SCIENTISTS!

They are:
recording data
writing results
composing reflections
communicating findings
One study by Aschbacher & Baker, 2003, found that students did better on the post-test than those students who were not writing conceptually.
The notebooks have a positive impact on writing achievement.
Students spend more time expressing their ideas, conclusions and reflections when the notebooks are used.
Aschbacher, P.R. & Baker, C.M. (2003, April) "Incorporating literacy into hands-on science classes: Reflections in student work." Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference. Chicago.
Charts and Graphs
Make Predictions
State the question being addressed
Describe/plan to address the question
Science notebooks integrate math using data, graphs, calculations and measurements.
Yore, L. S., Bisanz, G. L.,& Hand, B.M. (2003). Examining the literacy component of science literacy: 25 years of language arts and science research. International Journal of Science Education, 25, 689–725.
Gilbert, J., & Kotelman, M. (2005). Five good reasons to use science notebooks. Science and Children, 43(3), 28–32.
Klentschy, M. (2005). Science notebook essentials. Science and Children, 43(3), 24–27.
(Gilbert & Kotelman, 2005; Klentschy, 2005; Yore, Bisanz, & Hand, 2003)
(Gilbert & Kotelman, 2005; Klentschy, 2005; Yore, Bisanz, & Hand, 2003)
During Investigation
Describe the methods used
Record Observations
Answer any pre-lab questions
Explain new concepts that arise during the investigation
Post Investigation
Compare results to predictions


from investigation
to support or nullify hypothesis

How could the investigation be improved?
Revise Hypothesis?
Draw Conclusions
Weblink for
Five Good Reasons to Use Science Notebooks
For note taking:
For increasing
science vocabulary:
For concept maps:
How Will Science Notebooks be Organized?
Students will need:
Glue or tape
colored pencils
2 composition notebooks
(one for fall, one for spring)
The first few pages will be reserved
for the Table of Contents.
On the Left Page:
On the Right Page:
This is for Student Work.
This is the side that students can use to show me what they learned in a creative and colorful way.
This is the “output” or product side.
Even-numbered pages.
This side is 'R'estricted to the teacher’s input work.
Contains info the teacher tells students to “ADD” or “WRITE.”
This is the “input” side or info/notes side.
Odd-numbered pages.

Teacher Input/Content
Blue/Black Ink or Pencil
 Information given in class
 Lecture Notes
 Lab Activities
 Video Notes
 Summaries
 Textbook Notes
 Procedures for experiments
 Classroom Specific Information
Student Output
Lots of Color, Diagrams, & Doodles
 Concept Maps/Organizers
 Drawings
 Reflective Writing
 Questions
 Data Charts and Graphs
 Songs, Poems, or Riddles
 Data from Experiments
 Cartoons or cartoon strips
Left: Student Output
Right: Teacher Input
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