Project Notebookby: Ellen Mintz and Jeri Calhoun

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This article provides an overview of a professional development program designed by seven science resource teachers in which science notebooks were introduced as a means of supporting and enhancing instruction across the curriculum.

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  • on Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:15 AM

When mathematics and reading are the primary ways to test students, science has fallen by the wayside in some schools. Using inquiry-based instruction and science notebooks is a way to incorporate all subjects with one purpose to improve instruction and students understanding of science. This article suggests five components in a science notebook as follows: purpose/question; predictions; planning/procedures; observations/data; and student reflection/summary. Reading this article provides more insight for each of these components and talks about designing prompts. Although many teachers already use these notebooks already, this article might help to refine a teacher’s approach.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:24 PM

I use notebooks in my science classroom and this article clarifies the importance of the science notebook.

Kelly  (Brewster, NY)
Kelly (Brewster, NY)

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