Everything You Need to Know about Interactive Notebook Science

interactive notebook for kids

When Bogdan’s teacher showed interactive science notebook to me, my first reaction was astonishment and then I said: “It’s a real waste of time”. But my son took a fancy for this tool and I decided to understand how it works and in what way it can be helpful.

I’m sure that a lot of my readers have heard about interactive notebook science but I encourage you to read my brief guideline to using an interactive notebook in a real life!

If you have already used it, share your experience in comments:)

What’s Interactive Science Notebook?

As the saying goes, picture’s worth a thousand words. I couldn’t understand what interactive science notebook is until I touched and browsed it. So, let’s see:

science interactive notebook

Source: keslerscience.com

So, interactive book isn’t a simple copy of everything a student sees on the board. Interactive notebook science is a set of graphs, images, tables, examples of similar assignments, rules, crucial information placed in the book in a creative and simple way.

On the Internet, I found so many examples of science interactive notebooks: some of them are very simple, some of them contain inserts, cutouts, and appliques. The aim of the book remains the same: they all help students to find interest in learning and facilitate it. You can even use them during the getaway with your children as you only need one notebook and pencils.

Why Does my Child Need Interactive Notebook?

Interactive notebooks are popular and there are some crucial reasons:

  1. A book helps to improve organizational skills.
  2. It develops critical thinking.
  3. It’s a great way to process the learning utilizing modalities such as writing, drawing, discussing.
  4. It helps to sum up what a child has already learned.
  5. This book is a fast way to recall the material.
  6. An interactive notebook is a formative assessment tool for teachers.

For me, the greatest advantage is that my child is engaged in the process and loves studying. How could I ignore it?

In the way the student sees it, he can create a helpful resource of knowledge and achieve results! Furthermore, as Bogdan’s teacher said, it’s a good way to see weak and strong sides of the young student and understand how to help him.

To sum up benefits of the science interactive notebook, I would say that they are efficiency, creativity, simplicity, and facility of access.

I believe that dissertation writing will be much easier for students who used such creative and systematic way to learn.

What Do I Need to Make Interactive Notebook?

To make interactive science notebook you need:

  1. Spiral notebook;
  2. Glue;
  3. Scissors;
  4. Pen and pencils.

Then you divide your pages into right and left sides. Left side is a so-called student’s output and it must contain a lot of colors as brain remembers information better this way. The left side must contain concept maps, drawing, reflective writing, questions and answers, data and graphs, songs and poems, data from experiments, etc.

The right side is a teacher’s output. Usually, this side is written with black or blue pen and contains information given in class, lecture notes, lab activities, video notes, summaries, procedures for experiments, and other specific information.

If you still can’t get the idea of the left side, you should answer the questions:

What do I want to test?

What am I curious about?

What is crucial information to remember?

What I don’t understand but must understand?

The overall picture of the both sides usually looks like:

interactive notebook

Source: slideshare.net

4 Steps to Create Science Interactive Notebook

Step 1. Create a Cover

On the cover, you must write your first and last name and the period. Most of the children add images.

Step 2. Number all Pages.

Number first 50 pages at the top outside corner of every page.

Step 3.

At the top of pages 3, 4, 5 write Table of Contents and divide them into three parts: Date, Description, Page.

Step 4. Write Reflection Questions.

The reflection questions are those aforementioned questions for the left side. You will use them as open response questions.

Step 5. Good job!

Take a candy.

To sum up, I must confess that an interactive notebook is an effective tool for studying. Together with my son, we created our book independently and purchased online but the result was the same – he was excited. All parents will be happy 🙂

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