Integrating Interactive Notebooks by: Cheryl Waldman and Kent J. Crippen

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An interactive notebook can be a powerful instructional tool, allowing students to take control of their learning while processing information and engaging in self-reflection. The three-part learning cycle of an interactive notebook makes it easy to use and integrate into the science lesson. The basic ideas has its roots in a number of programs (TCI 2000; AVID 2007), but applying knowledge about how students learn science can make this an even more effective tool. In addition to presenting techniques for design, implementation, and assessment, this article describes how interactive notebooks empower students for science achievement.

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  • on Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:02 PM

This article is a great introduction to incorporating notebooks into a science classroom. In addition to discussing what an interactive notebook is, the author also provides a "how-to" use the notebooks in a typical classroom By providing examples of activities, the author really help me visualize how to implement these notebooks into my classroom. Excellent article!

Maureen Stover  (Fayetteville, NC)
Maureen Stover (Fayetteville, NC)

  • on Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:20 PM

I have found that using science notebooks keeps everybody on track and made finding information easier.

Bonnie P
Bonnie P

  • on Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:25 AM

This article details how to use an interactive notebook as a learning tool that enables students to process information while engaging in self-reflection. Included in the article are examples of in, through, and out activities that elicit student responses to teacher provided prompts. The notebooks are designed to foster thinking, writing, and documentation of science. The author includes sample activities, grading criteria, and examples of summative evaluations. This article provides teachers with the tools to begin using interactive notebooks in there classrooms right away. I look forward to using this method to engage my students in learning science!

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

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