Interactive Science Notebook
The notebook is a
huge part of the daily experience in science class. Each day when students come
in, they date a page, do an "entry task" (answer a question, copy a definition,
etc.). Once the day's activities have been gone over, students attach all
handouts in the science notebook with white glue (I provide it). They do the
labs and activities in their notebook, and then students do an "exit task" type
reflection. 90% of the work done in class will be done in the science
notebook. For this reason, we invest a lot of time off the bat getting things
set up correctly.
Things you should
- Yes, you
really should have a FIVE STAR and not another kind of spiral. This is
because I have formatted things to fit on these size pages, and this is the
size storage I have in my classroom. Besides, these last longer.
- We don't use
glue sticks. Why? Because not only do caps get lost and the sticks dry out,
but the papers don't stay glued in with glue sticks. For this reason, I
supply white glue to glue papers in. This may sound messy, but isn't if you
place about 6 dots of glue on the back of handouts (I'll show you how).
Notebooks may stay in class (I provide storage), but should be taken home
when necessary for studying or completing work that was not completed in
- We color code
things in your science notebook every day, so having a small set of
colored pencils or highlighters is very important, as is a ruler for marking
straight edges, etc.
- Your notebook
will be graded periodically. Use the table of contents below to be sure your
notebook is in order and complete.