When I started teaching 4th grade Science, I decided to try out using a Science journal in class. I researched different methods from other teachers and tried out bits and pieces to see if they would work for my students and me.
I have used Science journals in my classroom for the past 3 years. It has been full of trials, failures, modifications and triumph, but my method is by no means perfect! I have developed a booklet that I use to go over the expectations of the Science Journal with my students. It is written in Scientific Method format and can be printed as a packet or a booklet.
I print mine as a booklet and we glue it into our journals after going through it together as a class.
In this file you will receive the “method of my Science Journal”, how to set up a unit title page, how to make a pocket, ways to use Graphic Organizers and Vocabulary 4 squares, and why keeping a journal is important as a Scientist.
I have tried to make it as generic and user friendly as possible, but please contact me if you have any questions.
In conjunction with my "Unit Introductions for Science Journals" (available in my store at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Unit-Introductions-for-Science-Journals-781486), you will be all set to get started with your students this year!
Disclaimer: the unit introductions are based off of the 4th grade Science curriculum in my district. If you would like some custom ones created for your grade level and district, please email me. We can discuss it! :)