Interactive Science Notebook

An Interactive Science Notebook (ISN) is a tool that you will use to make connections before learning a new concept, to revise your thinking as you learn, and to deepen your understanding of science and the world around you. Your science notebook will help you build and communicate your scientific thinking.

The interactive notebook is a culmination of both the content that you are learning and the reflective knowledge that you can express. When you look at your interactive notebook, you will see your own progress over time. You will see your learning and growth throughout the school year. It is like you are writing your own science textbook that documents the year’s learning. It will be something that you can continue to look back on. The interactive science notebook belongs to you; they are your expression of your understanding of the science content.

Remember- scientists keep journals and you will practice the same protocols and procedures that scientists do. By keeping a notebook, you are replicating the work of scientists- planning investigations, collecting data, interpreting data, and constructing explanations.

Scientists make formal presentations on their work to their colleagues. As student scientists, you will use your notebook to create a presentation of scientific findings to share with your peers. It may be an oral sharing, a written scientific explanation, a Google slides show, and/or a poster of a model. You will use your notebook to reference your questions, procedures, results, & explanations while creating your presentation.

For each unit, you will find in your interactive science notebook:
The Unit Cover page
The Driving Question Summary Table (DQST) page
The Input and Output pages
The Self Reflection page (possibly on a Google Doc)
The Scientific Explanation page (possibly on a Google Doc)

In each unit, you will be given the opportunity to gather information from multiple sources in order to come to a conclusion about a question or idea.

Resources: Teaching Science with Interactive Notebooks by Kellie Marcarelli and Science Notebooks: Writing About Inquiry by Lori Fulton & Brian Campbell

Click here if you need the Interactive Science Notebook Rubric and click here if you need the Table of Contents.

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