One beginning of the year activity that will help promote ownership of student work is to have students decorate their science notebook covers. This document contains student instructions for making a collage on the notebook cover that represents themselves and also includes science-related items. Also part of this document is a rubric that students can use to grade themselves before the teacher evaluates their work. It is suggested that this activity be used as a homework assignment. The rubric is based on four categories (Timeliness, Neatness, Completeness, and Name & Class Period) and a total of 20 points. Tips and tricks for making the collage are also part of this document.
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