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I learned about interactive notebooks and student portfolios in my teacher training and immediately put these ideas in place on day one of my career as a 6th-8th grade science teacher.
Hold students accountable… The notebook is a unit or quarter long project which makes students accountable for completing all of their work.
Simplify teaching organizational skills… Nearly everything is all in one place! Bell ringers, notes, lab work, project directions, study guides, etc., in chronological order.
Track progress…students set quarterly goals and complete an end-of-unit self-assessment. The science notebook makes student progress transparent.
Eases assessing daily practice and homework… assignment completion is quickly assessed and stamped in the notebook as Complete, Incomplete or Late – stamps are added up at the end of the unit when notebooks are collected.
Maintaining a science notebook is a powerful assessment and organizational tool for any grade – teacher and student pages are provided in a Word document for you to modify as needed. And, of course, it can be used for any subject, not just science!
This packet includes:
An animated power point presentation to introduce the notebook framework to your students
Guidelines on notebook set-up, maintenance and grading
Teacher and student notebook set-up pages in a Word document so you can edit them as needed