When my first graders do a research reading unit, I give them each this special Scientist Journal for them to take notes in! Students research different habitats and take notes about the habitat and the animals that live there. The journal helps them organize their note-taking. There is a "Habitat" note section with prompts, "Diagram" sections for them to record their thoughts through pictures, and "Animal" sections for them to record information about animals. The students love having a special place to keep their notes, and it makes them feel like they are real researchers!
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