Reflection: Real World Applications Taking Notes for Science - Section 1: Introduction


Students have this grandiose idea that scientists are people that come up with awesome experiments and then do them. It almost doesn't matter what they learn as long as the experiment was cool. 

In order for them to understand the science field better and not get discouraged as they participate in research, writing, discussing, planning and analyzing more and more complex concepts throughout their education, I want them to know what scientists actually do. I try to make connections back to what a scientist would do. 

For example, scientists take notes so that they can reflect on what they have learned and share with other colleagues. Scientists also study and research before they begin planning an experiment. Scientists plan using procedures so that other scientists can replicate their experiment. Scientists keep neat and organized science journals so that they can reflect on changes and new discovers in their work over time as well as share with other scientists.

Sometimes this takes the sting out of having to do this work "instead of real, fun, making rockets!"

  Act Like a Scientist
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Taking Notes for Science

Unit 5: ELA Through Environmental Science
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT read a science article and take complete notes to prepare for class discussion and paragraph writing.

Big Idea: Students need to be able to take notes that will be helpful for later use. This note taking sheet supports students in writing an organized paragraph later.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, Comprehension (Reading), notetaking, diagramming, diagram, environment
  30 minutes
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