Successful science students and notebooks

 

What you should expect to see in the science section of your child's planner:

        I ask students to write just a few words about each day's activities, AND to mark boldly the dates when assignments are due or when there is a quiz/test.

 

What you should expect to see in your child's science notebook:

        I ask students to 

1) Write daily warm-ups -- one week's worth on one page.  The page should be labelled "Warm-ups" with the week's dates included.  If the warm-up is a question, the student should write out the question as well as their response.   

2) Write observations, notes, or data on consecutive pages, so that the notebook is organized by date.  Each page should be labelled with the title of the activity and the date.   

 

How to study, using the notebook -- daily review and for tests

3)  Students have not been specifically asked to do this yet, but they should be reviewing and adding details or examples of each day's activity to the left side of the notebook page they are referring to.   Color coding, student-created diagrams, and re-wording of concepts or facts are great ways for a student to move information into long-term memory, especially if they review the day's learning within 24 hours, and again a day or two later.

 

4) Before quizzes or tests, it is a great idea for students to arrange a "study date" with a friend or classmate, so that they can practice explaining the big ideas to each other, and to help each other clarify misunderstandings or gaps in their learning.