Life Science

Keeping science lab notebooks

Hello,

I am an Elementary Education major. I really love the idea of each student having a science notebook to keep throughout the year. I feel like there are a lot of different things to have students do with these. Its a great way to practice organization as well. I would like some tips on different things that you all have had your students do with them. I want to make it a very personal activity for the students. Please reply any ideas!

Thanks! Isabelle 

Isabelle Gadberry
Isabelle Gadberry
170 Activity Points

Hello Isabelle, I think that's a great idea. Have you heard about interactive notebooks? I know quite a few people who have their students keep interactive notebooks. I'm sure you can find plenty of information about them online. Regards,

Cheryl Ann Hollinger
Cheryl Ann Hollinger
125 Activity Points

I am an Elementary Education major as well completing my last semest of student teaching. I do love the idea of using interactive notebooks in the classroom. I had a professor who had us create a science interactive nootbook to show up how benefical it is for studnets. They are a great tool for children to practive organization, teaches studnet ownership, and the content is easy to reference. I had my students create an interactive notbeook for a small unit on habitats and I made it so the studnets could be creative when putting their information in it so it was personalized to them. They loved have it and were very proud of it and were egar to share with it with thier families. 

Julia Copfer
Julia Copfer
470 Activity Points

Thanks for updating me with classroom experience and the impact it creates on student learning.Sincerely,Mo-Alister Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

Mohamed A. Bereteh
Mohamed A. Bereteh
50 Activity Points

Another strategy you could possibly use is an online science journal. This could be a way to incorporate technology into your lessons. We did this in the biology class that I took. We recorded observations and took pictures, which we included in our online entries. Whether you have an online or a physical journal, you could have your students respond to a prompt. I am currently a teacher candidate, and in a lesson plan I made, I planned for students to write in their interactive science notebooks about what they had learned that day and about something they wondered about the topic. If the science notebook is a physical journal, you could have students draw pictures from your lessons, such as by drawing a picture of a flower or an insect you studied. This could also be a way to help students learn to pay attention to and record details. As my biology teacher pointed out, if you were studying a ladybug, you would want to note the number of spots. 

Jeannette Grout
Jeannette Grout
390 Activity Points

I think interactive science notebooks are the best way to go! I was a student who didn't love science, but I loved to color and draw, so I would personalize things like my own science notebook to make it more my own! I think it works well with students being able to make it a little unique based on their personality, and they feel like they got some say in how it looks. Hope this helps!

Madison Pottebaum
Madison Pottebaum
1750 Activity Points

I don't have notebooks, but I do have my students keep a student protfolio in a file cabinet.  They select their best work to put in the folder.  I also have them select some work that they didn' t like doing or did not do well on and say why on a post it they stick on their work.  The portfolios are used later when there is a Back to School Night, Open House, parent-teacher conference or I write an IEP.  Because the students actively participate in selecting their work, they know exactly what I will be showing their parents.

Stephanie Gomez
Stephanie Gomez
390 Activity Points

I am a student-teacher as well, I love the idea that Cheryl had with using the interactive notebooks in the classroom. I agree with you about how this science notebooks are a great tool and helps students learn to be organized.

Nicole Anthony
Nicole Anthony
692 Activity Points

Interactive science notebooks are a great way for students to show their learning and for you to check student understanding! I used ISN in a science unit about structure and function and the students were able to create drawings, take notes, and just write down anything they think they needed to remember. You can make them yourself with guidance in them, or you can just have students use a plain notebook, both work just fine! I printed off notebooks for my students and had guiding questions for them to answer it in throughout the unit. I had a professor that had us use plain notebooks and they assigned each page a different role. 

Jenna Vojtisek
Jenna Vojtisek
1270 Activity Points

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