Saturday, July 28, 2012

Science Notebooks

     All of my students, K-3 have a science notebook. When they fill one up, they get a new one. These are theirs to keep for reference and resources. We glue in any lab sheets (they are taught how to fold them and only glue one half of the paper so they can still open it and it does not stick out), foldables, leaves, different types of sand, soil, clay particles, etc. I also have small ziploc (snack size or smaller) bags, so they can put liquids, slime, etc in their notebook also. In the first few weeks of school, I pass out old science magazines, national geographic kids, or whatever I have on hand. They get to cut out pictures of what science means to them and make a collage on the front on their notebook. I then cover in it in clear contact paper or clear packing tape. They are so proud of their notebooks and show any guests who come in! Their favorite part is taping things in. I go through a lot of tape, but it is worth it. :) Every table has their own dispenser. I always start off with modeling my own notebook. Anytime I go to any science prefessional development or I am trying out a new experiment/investigation, it is logged in my notebook. We have tried binders, folders, spirals, and the best thing is the compostion notebook. Consider using science notebooks...it improves science inquiry skills and writing.


My science notebook...

4 comments:

  1. I use science notebooks too. I've never thought to put in samples...slime in a plastic bag. I think I'll try that this year.
    Thanks for sharing.
    KindergartenLove.

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  2. I hope you share this on my blog... let me know.

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  3. I love using science notebooks with my kindergartners! I like your idea of folding/taping in the lab sheets. I've never really come up with a good method for using my recording sheets and my notebooks at the same time. Thanks for sharing!
    Bobbie

    The Daily Cupcake…A Kindergarten Blog

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  4. Love these science notebooks...your students are lucky!

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