Reflection: Checks for Understanding Seasons - Section 3: Exploration


Each of my students has a marbled composition notebook dedicated to science thinking and learning.  These are interactive science notebooks that may be used for taking notes, recording observations accurately, or gluing in references.

I chose science journals at the beginning of the year because I wanted students to have a dedicated recording space. Many worksheets go home & are promptly thrown away by families, but by recording in a journal, the notes are kept. They can then be referenced throughout the school year!

One of the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices includes drawing diagrams; the science journal is a great place to record information in diagram form. Also, my students use the notebooks for recording facts or drawings during independent or collaborative research in the choice/extension time.

The use of journals has been incredibly successful in my room this year because of the element of student choice. Students own these journals and take pride in the work they do.

When looking at student notes from the videos in today's lesson, I was looking for a diagram that showed the movement of the earth around the sun.  This diagram can look different, based on each child's interpretation!  

  Student Journals
  Checks for Understanding: Student Journals
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Unit 6: Space: Part 2
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT relate the amount of daylight to the changing seasons.

Big Idea: Challenge your scientists today with the question: How does the amount of daylight affect the seasons?

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