|A science journal from Kindergarten teacher, Adrienne Levesque's classroom|
|Kindergarten life cycle journals with checklists and age appropriate writing spaces.|
So after reading Leffler and Crauder's "T'was the Start of Science Notebooking" poem we let our teachers chew on the meat of the article using a structured text conversation protocol from the National School Reform Faculty called the "Four A's," where teachers jotted notes about what they agreed with in the text, what they would argue against, what assumptions were held by the text authors', and finally what the text led them to aspire towards.
|Fourth grade tulip dissection data recording table.|
|Distinctly different from the Kindergarten plant parts diagram!|
|"What do we know about frogs?" facts and questions digital table|
|First grade animal parts diagram|
|Table of contents with blanks for numbers to be completed as the journal develops.|
|Second grade journal, "Things Birds Do" with text and diagrams.|
Our district's 1:1 initiative creates great opportunities for truly dynamic science notebooking with photograph annotation, audio recordings, and media integration that I genuinely hope to explore with teachers further in future professional development. As we develop curriculum for our science standards we will be thinking more about science notebooking (either paper or digital) to be a more significant assessment tool, but will continue to be mindful of the need for us as specialist to provide guidance towards how teachers may address all eight scientific practices through their students science journals.