Reflection: Student Ownership Introduction to Scientific Inquiry: Pre Assessment - Section 3: Setting The Stage


When I first began using Science Notebooks, they were simply a repository for pasting the lab sheets that came with the Science Kits that I taught (cookbook style).  That was okay though - because previous to that, there wasn't a whole lot of Science instruction going on in my classroom.  Like many elementary teachers, I found the idea of teaching Science very intimidating.  Thankfully, I had some terrific colleagues to work with, and good professional development.  Now that the internet is a part of our daily lives, good professional development is only a click away.  

Science Notebooks are a great way to begin that development for teachers.  They are a wonderful "thinking tool" for students to construct both linguistic and visual understandings of difficult scientific concepts, and a tool for teachers to collaborate around looking at student wortk.

One of the best benefits I have discovered to using Science Notebooks, is their ability to be used as a tool to motivate students to take responsibility for their own learning.  More frequently at the beginning of the year, and periodically throughout the year, I will have students turn to a partner and quickly "score" each other's lab sheet/work that day using the Science Notebook Rubric.  I allow students to self-correct their work, and always make a few extra lab sheets, handouts, etc.

If you are looking for resources on Science Notebooking, or anything "Science" a great resource is the Learning Center at the National Science Teacher's Association.  You need only click on the link and register to be able to access over 4,000 free resources.

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Introduction to Scientific Inquiry: Pre Assessment

Unit 1: What's The Matter Plaid Pete?
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Objective: SWBAT show what they know about scientific practices and controlled investigations.

Big Idea: What do students already know about scientific practices in general, and controlled investigations in particular? Students take a pretest to demonstrate their knowledge in order to inform instruction, as well as set up their scientific notebooks.

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