In the spring of last year, I blogged about a science time in my class when my students would go outside and become a scientist. I called, this time, BATES BACKYARD. With the help of my science curriculum specialist, we introduced the kids to Science Notebooks. You can see below that the notebooks are composition books bought at Staples, the paper inside is graph. The students have plenty of space to record data, take notes and make scientific illustrations. You can click here to read a post about notebooks.
I read a few books to help me with my thinking about science in the primary class and using science notebooks. I found two great resources Writing in Science in Action by Betsy Rupp Fulwiler and Starting With Science by Marcia Talhem Edson.
One of the things in Writing in Science wrote about was using a writing frame or structure for students to refer to as they do their writing. I decided to make a table Science Word Cards. This way each student could have their own.
I plan to let the students illustrate or
glue things in the empty boxes. For
example, for shiny, we could glue a piece of tin foil.