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ISN Notebook setup and activity

Instructions for how to set up and use our science notebooks. Adapted from www.sciencenotebooks.com website resources

Trixie Upton

on 25 August 2013

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Transcript of ISN Notebook setup and activity

Setting Up and Using our Science Notebook!
The Cover
Write your name and the course name on the cover.

Give your science notebook a title.

This should give the reader an idea of what this notebook will be about.

You will add to your cover with tonight's homework assignment.
Use a notecard from your basket to respond to the following questions:
(Please remember to use complete sentences when you write your responses)
An Activity to Use our Notebooks
You have on your desk a pencil. Please find it and put it out where you can see it easily. Also, find your hand lens.

Let’s make a drawing – a scientific illustration of the pencil.

Label the parts – let’s choose four: eraser, metal holder, body, graphite

Finish decorating the cover of your notebook (this will be due Friday when I take up your notebooks for the first notebook grade).

Notebook Supplies
Why Organize?
What has happened in the picture? What do you think will happen next? Why do you think this will happen?
Numbering and the Table of Contents
How Cedar Pencils are Made
Now Add a Colored Marker
Left Side/Right Side
Write these Reflection Questions on P. 2 of your Notebook:

The Anatomy Of A Pencil
Body: Most often made of wood, however it can be made of other materials including cotton scraps from blue jeans. Wooden bodied pencils are often made from incense cedar slats. A second grooved slat is glued on top of the graphite core filled slat; the slats are then cut and shaped into individual pencils. According to the Dixon Ticonderoga Company, the reason why pencils are often painted yellow is because, during the 1800’s, the best graphite came from China, and because yellow was the color of the Imperial Chinese Emperor and stood for royalty and respect; by painting the pencil yellow, people would recognize that their pencil contained the finest graphite available.

Eraser: The eraser is also known as the rubber, (it used to be made from rubber), it is actually a plastic or sometimes vinyl compound.

Ferrule: The ferrule is the metal band that's located at the end of the pencil body and holds a eraser which has been glued into it.

Graphite: Also known as the writing core. The writing cores are glued into grooves that have been cut into the wooden slats. The writing core is made from graphite and clay. The more graphite in a pencil - the darker the mark. The more clay in a pencil - the lighter the mark.





Now for an Activity:
Thumb Wars and Writing like a Scientist

Take a look at the lab sheet at your table.
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