Today we read the SpongBob Lab Safety article which we borrow from the Science Spot. As we are reading students are writing down safe and unsafe behaviors. When we are finished reading they write a summary about what they read.
After completing the SpongBob Lab Safety reading students are required to complete and "11 o'clock" activity on page 12. Students had to write the word acrostic down the left side of their paper and then write a complete sentence that had to do with lab safety.
Science Tools : Page 11
Together we create a mini flap book for 8 tools that students are required to know for 5th grade science. As a group we decide what type of tool is it; does it measure something, is it for observations and we write that on the underside of the flap. Then we come up with a definition for the tool as a group.
Science Tools : Page 10
After modeling 8 tools then the students work with a table partner to come up with description and definitions for the other 8 tools.
Safety Rules : Page 9
We start the year with Science Safety Rules and make sure to include a copy in our journals. This year after discussing the rules on this sheet we completed the Where's Safe-T activity from AIMS Education.
Why are Safety Rules Important : Page 8
Then students are required to write a letter to me with 3 reasons why Safety Rules are important and explain.
We also go over what kind of activites will go on the right side pages of the notebook. The right side of the notebook (the "input" side) is used for recording class notes, discussion notes, or reading notes. Typically, all "testable" information is found on this side. The right side is an excellent place for teachers to model how to think graphically by using illustrated outlines, flow charts, annotated slides, T-charts, and other graphic organizers. You can find a copy of this Right Side page here.
After discussing input/output I go over what type of activities and materials will go on the left side of the notebook. I also introduce the activity clock shown above. As we move on through the year I can tell my students to "Do a 6 o'clock activity on pg. ##" and they know that they are going to be writing a cinquain. You can find a copy of this page here
Your table of contents is on pages 2-4 in your Science Interactive Notebook. Make sure that each day as we add a new lesson or activity to our journals that you are updating your table of contents. Please see my electronic table of contents here.