The student is expected to collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, wind vanes, rain gauges, pan balances, graduated cylinders, beakers, spring scales, hot plates, meter sticks, compasses, magnets, collecting nets, notebooks, sound recorders, and Sun, Earth, and Moon system models; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observation of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.
The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.
Science Notebooks: Lawrence Hall of Science/FOSS (PDF) - Resource guide to science notebooks that provides strategies for incorporating notebooks into inquiry based science activities for grades K-6.
Guidelines for Scientific Record Keeping: National Institutes of Health (PDF) - Good science requires good record keeping. This pamphlet outlines the importance of notebooks in real science research.
STC Curriculum and the Role of Notebooks and Writing: National Science Resources Center (PDF) - Explores the importance of science notebooks, along with strategies for using them in your class and evaluating students’ science notebook entries.
Guided Leech Activity and Record Keeping in a Science Notebook: Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project (website) - Students observe leeches (you may substitute ladybugs or crickets); collect, record and analyze information about the subjects; and develop questions about the organisms. The class jointly decides which question to explore further, and creates a scientific investigation to test/answer the question. Science notebooks are used throughout to record questions, data, and results.
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Measuring and Recording the Weather Using Science Notebooks: Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project (website) - Students use standard tools (rain gauges, thermometers and barometers) to measure and compare weather conditions over time. They record their data and questions, and describe trends and findings, in their science notebooks.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Structures of Life: University of Louisville (PDF) - Students observe and investigate the life cycle of plants, from seeds to adult plants. Science notebooks serve as a tool for recording students’ observations, data, questions, etc.
Primary Science Rubric: Science Notebooks in K12 Classrooms (DOC) - This simple rubric uses a scale from 1-3 to help you evaluate the science content, table of contents, scientific drawings and daily entries in students’ science notebooks.
Inventions: My Science Notebook. Podesto, M. (ISBN-13: 978-0836892147)
The Moon: My Science Notebook. Podesto, M. (ISBN-13: 978-0836892154)
The Body: My Science Notebook. Podesto, M. (ISBN-13: 978-0836892123)
FAQs on Science Notebooks: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PDF) - Educators naturally have many questions when using science notebooks for the first time. This document provides answers and includes suggestions for overcoming common barriers when introducing notebooks to your class.
Science Notebooks in K-12 Classrooms: Science Notebooks.org (website) - Science notebooks can improve students’ science understanding, while also enhancing their reading, writing, mathematics and communications skills. This site provides examples of student work from science notebooks and tips for using science notebooks in your class.