An Introduction to Science Notebooks

Ansberry, Karen, and Emily Morgan. “Words to the Wild.” Science and Children (n.d.): 14-16. NSTA, Nov. 2007. Web.

This article is part of a series about “activities inspired by children’s literature.”  The authors outline an activity for students using science notebooks.  They begin this unit on learning to use notebooks by reading the book, “Salamander Rain: A Lake and Pond Journal” and then ask the students what types of things they might keep in a journal about a lake or a pond. After the introduction, they go one at a time through the “5 E” model with the students and have them explore how each step works as they create their own science notebook/journal of observation and exploration.  Also included at the end of the article are actual artifacts from real scientists field notebooks that were shared with their students.  A great way to start engaging students in organizing their thoughts about natural phenomena and thinking like real scientists.


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