Scrolls as Science Journalsby: Jessica Levine

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Lab notebooks and field journals are essential tools for scientists. Quite often science journals contain so many drawings that they begin to resemble an artist’s sketchbook. Journals, notebooks, and sketchbooks are all systems that make meaning possible, but scrolls go further. Unravel the wonders of science while blending art into the “picture” by incorporating this engaging activity into your curriculum.

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  • on Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:21 PM

This author believes that creation of a scroll go further than just science journals or notebooks. She indicates that cyclic events such as migration of organisms, tides, seasonal changes and life cycles are topics that lend themselves better to scrolls than to other recording devices. She supports her idea by presenting a specific one. Actually, these scrolls look like another graphic organizer that students use to show change over time. Instructions are provided for students to generate a scroll which could be used in any classroom. She even talks about assessment and having a gallery walk to show the scrolls to others.

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

  • on Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:01 PM

Journalling can be an important part of the science process in any age classroom. Jessica Levine's article describes how you can take a unit of study and give the journalling process a creative twist by having students write on scrolls. An unrolled scroll shows the progression of observations and reflection on a subject. If you take care in initially setting up the scrolls, they will serve well for gallery walks and presentations.

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

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