Reflection: Routines and Procedures Science Journals - Drawing and Labeling Diagrams - Section 3: Activity


The entire point of teaching the students about science journals is so that when I prepare to teach content they will understand how and why we are recording things so carefully. The journals are a tool that we will reference throughout the year, so setting up these routines and procedures is essential. This lesson went really well especially with the PowerPoint first because it got the students really talking about scientists and engineers, which led us easily into diagrams and labeling. By honing these skills at the beginning of the year, it will be quicker to give an assignment in science journals that will be successful later in the year.

Some of the examples of my student's work illustrate the different level of proficiency that I saw during and after the lessons. Some of the entries look exactly like mine and some are lacking! I have to remember that my students are just starting first grade and most cannot read and write yet! That is why the drawings are so important, and single-word labeling. It is also a great way to cross over into literacy during science class!

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Science Journals - Drawing and Labeling Diagrams

Unit 1: Introducing Science Journals
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT begin to draw and label simple diagrams in their science journal with teacher support.

Big Idea: Students will be using science journals throughout the year, so they are learning basic concepts to organize their journals.

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Science, Science Skills, first, journals, diagram, labeling
  35 minutes
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