How to Use Science Notebooks in Your Classroom

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Science notebooks can take many different forms. The important thing to remember is that they should provide a place where student experiences, data, and language can come together to form meaning. This can happen when daily entries lead to conceptual understanding. Notebook organization is a tool to facilitate conceptual understanding. Checklists, peer checks, open-notebook quizzes, and rubrics can be used to facilitate students' accountability for their notebooks. Noteooks should be a vehicle for assessing student understanding and should be shared.

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  • on Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:49 AM

Good suggestions for basic use in the classroom are given. I especially liked the idea of allowing "open notebook" quizzes as a way of holding students accountable for their notebooks without having to take them up to grade them. Several other good suggestions are made in this chapter, including the use of student-friendly rubrics.

Kendra Young  (Ringgold, GA)
Kendra Young (Ringgold, GA)

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