|The Science Notebook Tubs. S1 means Science, first period. |
The "Earth in Space" page is the title page for our first unit of study this school year.
Hopefully you read the previous post about Writer's Notebooks. Students also have what I call a Word Work Notebook that is used for spelling pre-tests, grammar practice, and vocabulary. Since I also teach science, guess what? I also have students keep a science notebook. I'd honestly love for them to have a readers notebook, as well as just a journal for daily writing. It just gets to be too much management! Instead I combine daily journaling with the Writer's Notebook, and reading lessons are taught with worksheets.
What is a Science Notebook? The kids keep this notebook at school in a tub. This helps avoid the "oops I left it at home" issue. To the left is a glimpse of the Table of Contents.
They're learning to take notes off the board (involves a great deal of focus & listening skill), follow instructions, draw simple diagrams with labels, and stay organized. In sixth grade, these kinds of things are closely monitored and are required by me. In subsequent grades, kids will have to take even more responsibility for their learning. I hope some of the skills I model will stay with them!
Parents, you can help your child at home by helping them organize their 3-ring binders. Everyday I see kids just stuffing papers in their binder, disregarding the divider tabs. If a paper is graded, it needs to be removed. Other papers are meant to be used as a resource and should be kept in the appropriate section (science, for example) for later use.
Let's keep working together to teach these kids how to be lifelong learners, and give them lots of skills to be successful!