• A science notebook will be used throughout the year.  Look at the Power Point presentation on Interactive Notebooks below. It will give you the instructions and hints on how to use your notebook.

    Interactive science composition books are used to help you learn and remember important scientific concepts. Why do they work? This notebook style uses both the right and left-brain hemispheres to help you sort, categorize, remember, and creatively interact with the new knowledge you are gaining. 


    1. Every Interactive Notebook should be organized in the following way:
    • right side for THROUGH ACTIVITIES (lecture notes, labs, tables and charts, teacher directed activities)
    • left side has two parts,
      • IN (all warm up activities found on the board daily)
      • OUT (all exit tickets, end of class review questions, reflections and summaries of that day’s class) See table below. 
    1. Pages should be labeled and numbered consecutively with L and R. The left/right pages have the same number but an L or R designation following the page number (i.e.; 14L and 14R). 
    1. Each page should have a DATE and TITLE on the top of the RIGHT SIDE. 
    1.  When you are absent you are responsible for getting the missing IN and THROUGH information from another student as well as completing the OUTPUT that you missed.

    How To Organize Your Composition Book

Left Side (IN and OUT)

  • IN
    Warm up questions
    Or activity, found on the board
    Concept maps, flow charts, Venn diagrams
    Pictures, drawings or diagrams
    Poems, songs
    Self reflections
    Questions, ideas
    Vocabulary words

Right Side (THROUGH)


    Notes from lectures
    Movie notes/questions
    Book notes/questions
    Labs (“in class” labs, mini-labs)
    Research Information
    Any other type of INPUT you get in class
    Data charts and/or graphs from labs

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