Reflection: Journaling Let's Chat! - Section 6: Evaluation


Using a science journal is both an instructional tool and a learning opportunity that can act as a formative assessment. No longer is science taught by memorizing facts but rather by doing science and acting as a scientist.  One way of allowing students to act as scientists is by allowing them to reflect on their own learning and record their thinking.  This tool is a way to make memories more concrete because it is written down.

Writing in science helps prepare our students for the complex demands of writing to constructed response questions.  As we prepare our students to be college and career ready students will be expected to write to a question.  As my students become comfortable with written responses to questions I will be modeling how to incorporate graphic organizers, maps and detailed diagrams and illustrations. 

I use blank paper for my science journals because I like the entry to be open ended. As we look at examples of other journals we see the words on the top, bottom or even the sides.  The illustration takes up a lot of space and their are labels everywhere.  Also the blank paper allows for the journals to become interacted learning tools and/or response jouranls.

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Unit 1: Unit 1: Sound Waves
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT build and explore how Cup Telephones allow us to communicate over a distance.

Big Idea: How do Cup Telephone work? Let's discover together!

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