The need for scientific literacy is becoming a new standard to which school districts are being held accountable. Student inquiry and the ability to “think like a scientist” will increase the depth at which students understand the natural world and make connections that are critical in strengthening students' scientific literacy. In addition, research has shown that when students were actively engaged in the learning process, they participated more enthusiastically and retained the concepts being taught. Science notebooks help students learn to record and make sense of data and observations about the natural world and come to deeper understanding of scientific processes. This activity promotes National Science Education Content Standards A and G, and Iowa Teaching Standards 1, 4, 5, and 8.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
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Gasaway, Kimberly R.
"Thinking on Paper: Using Science Notebooks to Increase Active Engagement in the Elementary Science Classroom,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 37:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol37/iss3/3