Notebooking is a powerful strategy that enables students to develop a deep understanding of science content while also supporting and reinforcing language skills. Notebooks also provide a mechanism for teachers to tailor instruction based on formatively assess student learning. Feedback is a critical component of growth and notebooks allow both the teacher and peers to give individualized comments that push the learner to dig deeper, clarify, and/or add on to their learning. For a brief introduction to notebooking, check out this section “Science Notebooks: a Growing Strategy for Linking Science and Writing” from Tools and Traits for Highly Effective Science Teaching (p. 51-58)
There are many ways to effectively implement the use of a science notebook into your classroom. Some options include a spiral notebook, a journal, a digital notebook, a journal folder, or lined/computer paper stapled together. When considering how to best utilize this strategy in your classroom it is best think about the grade level, writing and reading abilities, and organizational skills that the students already possess. Additional information for implementation of a science notebook can be found here.
Notebooks can be used daily as students work through processing information. Entry types should be chosen carefully to meet the requirements of the lessons outcomes. This document includes several ideas for potential notebook entries.
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Examples of notebooks can be found within this google slide presentation. Some good tips, tricks and examples are in this article titled Five Good Reasons for Using Notebooks.
How is the development of Crosscutting Concepts cultivated with student notebooking? How does notebooking impact student engagement with Science and Engineering practices? Click on the image to see all 3 dimensions.