The student is expected to collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including calculators, microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, prisms, mirrors, pan balances, triple beam balances, spring scales, graduated cylinders, beakers, hot plates, meter sticks, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; 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, materials 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.
Science Notebooks: Alaska Seas and Rivers Curriculum (website) - Explains the benefits of science notebooks for both teachers and students, and provides tips about setting up and organizing science notebooks, as well as the kinds of information to include in a science notebook.
Science Notebooks: Science Notebooks in K12 Classrooms (PDF) - This activity demonstrates the value of science notebooks, and helps students set up their own notebooks to collect, record and analyze data from their own investigations.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
The Science Journal: Science Lines (website) - Students use a variety of strategies to develop and improve their science journaling skills, and understand the importance/value of science notebooks.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Using Description to Write in Science: Utah Education Network (website) - Lesson integrates language arts skills, particularly descriptive writing, into a science lesson.
Primary Science Rubric: Science Notebooks in K12 Classrooms (PDF) - 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