Sample Response

One of the teachers on the panel says that writing in the science notebook supports students creating a "beautiful writing". Write a few strategies the panel teachers used to get their students to do a "beautiful writing".

The teachers discussed the importance of an interactive science notebook, rather than one in which students simply copy information. They discussed the importance of oral language before writing for all students, especially English learners and primary students. The teachers stated that the students used their notebook as a reference for their more formal writing and that students were able to "track" their growth in understanding by reviewing notebook entries. The teachers also discussed how nicely the notebook helps to do more cross-curricular strategies, like integrating science, math and ELA.