Many of the warm-up activities ask students to record the question and their answers in a notebook, which reduces the number of
copies needed. Keeping a science notebook also provides an effective way for students to save information about experiences for
future use and to reflect upon those experiences (Marcarelli, 2010). The process of notebooking

creates a space for students to reflect about experiences and encourages insight into activities, allows students opportunities to create, encourages students to process what they are learning, allows for the free flow of students’ ideas and feelings, gives a broader perspective over time and encourages students to reread and identify recurring themes, provides students with a safe format to communicate in a healthy and constructive way, and involves student expression and exploration of thought.

An interactive notebook is another tool students use in activating prior knowledge, recording learning experiences, and revising their
thinking about the topic or concept. The input is the content learned, and the output is reflective thought gained through learning
experiences. Benefits of using of an interactive notebook include developing students’ thinking skills, increasing communication, and
differentiating instruction (Marcarelli, 2010).

Previous Page Next Page