Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Scientists Ask and Answer Questions - Section 2: Materials


There are many reasons that my students use composition notebooks as science journals.  First, I want students to own and value their work.  They are not responding on worksheets that are thrown away or recycled as soon as they are brought home.  Instead, their work is part of a larger body of important classwork related to the Science and Engineering Practices and NGSS standards.  Students also own their work and can be proud of their work as they bring their notebooks up to share.

Second, the notebooks create coherence.  From the beginning of a unit until the end, the thread of lessons can be followed in the journal.  As we enter additional units, we will create bookmarks to divide the notebook.  By the end of the year, we have evidence of student learning and mastery of standards all in one document.

I personalized the journals by using contact paper to add photos to the front.  Each child wore science goggles for the photos, as I want them to see that indeed, they are scientists each and every time they open the journal!

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Science Notebooks
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Scientists Ask and Answer Questions

Unit 1: Wiggly Scientists and Wiggly Worms
Lesson 5 of 13

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about external parts of animals.

Big Idea: Got science? First graders are naturally curious, which makes them perfect scientists! Today, students will ask and answer questions about how animals survive.

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