The labels are glued on and they are ready for the kids' names! How cute are these gray composition books? Got 'em at Walmart for 25 cents! Gotta love a deal!
So, like with everything else, our district is moving towards a more student-directed, inquiry based model for science notebooks. It is based heavily on the philosophy of Michael P. Klentschy in his book Using Science Notebooks in Elementary Classrooms. I'm still working out exactly what it's going to look like in kindergarten, but basically, it's going to mean more student initiated investigations, making lots of predictions, and supporting claims with specific evidence. And of course, in Texas, we have all new science standards, anyway, so my team is busy going through all of our old units to see what needs to be updated.
Writing science units is the hard part, but getting the notebooks ready is easy! Here's a PDF for the labels:
Here are the Science Notebook Expectations. I do a whole lesson on these and have the kids glue them in.
And here is the Science Safety Contract. Again--we do a whole lesson on science safety and glue them in together.
I'm looking forward to a year of messy, gooey, sticky, squirmy and exciting science!