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Teaching Science With Interactive Notebooks

By: Kellie Marcarelli

Foreword by Rodger W. Bybee

Packed with student samples, this resource describes how to implement interactive notebooks in the inquiry-based science classroom, including execution, time management, and grading.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412954037
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2010
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: May 18, 2010

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"Easy to read, with good examples and illustrations. The rationale is spelled out for every step, the setup for the interactive notebook is clearly explained, and you can hear the enthusiasm of the author, which makes the reader enthusiastic about trying the strategy."
—Maria Mesires, Seventh-Grade Science Teacher
Case Middle School, Watertown, NY

"In an era when science teachers are being asked more and more to teach writing skills and build science literacy, this book presents an engaging and creative way to answer that challenge and encourage the use of higher-order thinking skills."
—Michael Baker, Eighth-Grade Science Teacher
Memorial Middle School, Albany, OR

Increase student learning in the inquiry-based science classroom!

Interactive notebooks allow students to record and analyze observations, reflect on their learning, and self-assess their work. Teaching Science With Interactive Notebooks gives educators a step-by-step process for introducing interactive notebooks to students and using notebooks to develop students' communication skills, cognitive organization skills, and sense of responsibility for their own learning.

Packed with examples from actual student notebooks, this detailed guide explains the unique features that make interactive notebooks more effective tools than conventional notebooks for science classrooms. This resource:

  • Describes the nuts and bolts of implementing interactive notebooks, including execution, time management, and grading
  • Uses the 5E Learning Cycle (engage, explore, elaborate, extend, evaluate) as the framework for science instruction
  • Emphasizes the importance of writing in science and provides strategies for modeling effective writing
  • Explores strategies to encourage collaborative student inquiry and foster whole-class discussions

By implementing interactive notebooks in your classroom, you can gain deeper insight into each student's understanding, learning progress, and thinking!

Key features

  • Step by step directions for teaching students the process
  • Strategies for using notebooks to promote optimal learning and retention
  • Guidelines for modeling desired quality of student work
  • Tips from an experienced teacher who is also a national presenter and staff developer
  • Packed with actual examples from student notebooks


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Kellie Marcarelli

Kellie Marcarelli is a middle school science teacher and department chair at Pershing Middle School in the San Diego Unified School District, where she teaches eighth grade physics and chemistry. Beyond the classroom, Kellie serves as a trainer, teacher-leader, and curriculum evaluator and assists in the screening process for the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. Her professional experience includes working as a staff developer for the Middle School Science Education Leadership Initiative (MSSELI), the California Math and Science Partnership program, and the San Diego Unified School District; presenting regularly at NSTA’s national conference as well as state and regional science education conferences, and working with WestEd’s K-12 Alliance. She is also actively involved in STEM outreach with local professionals in the science community. She is the recipient of the California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year, the San Diego Science Alliance Partnership Teacher of the Year, and the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair Teacher of the Year awards.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents




About the Author

1. Introduction

2. Organizing Notebooks for Learning

3. Gaining Student Buy In and Ownership

4. Using Notebooks During Investigations

5. Getting Started: The First Three Days

6. Using the Notebooks: Days Four to Seven

7. Learning Through Writing

8. Learning Through Discussion

9. Conclusion

Resource A: Reproducibles

Resource B: Crosscurricular Connections

References and Further Reading




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