September 8, 2012

Loving Science and Interactive Notebooks

I am loving science so far this year! The kids really enjoy it and I feel like it is one part of our day were we can still have some fun (is that a dirty word in education?) Anyway, for the last 2 years I have used an interactive notebook for math and science. This year I am going to do a reader's/writer's notebook as well! I have gotten better each year at using the notebooks and finding ways for the kids to really interact with the material.
At the beginning of the year we go over science safety, scientific tools and the scientific method. I didn't have anything I really loved for scientific tools, so I created a unit! I used it on Friday with my class and they LOVED it. We had some great predictions about what different tools were called or what they did. My class especially loved making the toolbox to include in their notebook. Check it out in my TpT store if you are interested.

                                                       an example of the kit being used

                           I included 2 different versions. One where the picture, word, and definition were already matched up so students could just cut and glue their cards to add to their kits, and the other version where everything is mixed up so they have to figure out which pieces go together.  I also included several ideas of how to use the pack as a whole class or as a station!

Do you use interactive notebooks? I would love to hear about them! I plan to post a lot this year about how we are using them in third grade... I know it always helps me to see other examples so I hope I can do that for other teachers as well. Have a great weekend,

Update: Click here to see how my friend Krista from Stellar Studnets used this product in her classroom!


  1. Wow, everything looks totally awesome!

    The Daily Alphabet

    1. Thanks! I am excited because the kids loved it too!! I am ready to make stuff for our next unit!

  2. I'm so excited I found your blog and TpT store! I was looking for a fun way to incorporate a foldable with my science tools lesson, and I think this will be it. :)

    ~Mrs. K. from The Teacher Garden Blog

    1. Thanks for the kind words. Let me know how your student's liked it!

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