Stellar Scientists In Need Of Interactive Notebook Supplies
My students need glue sticks, colored paper, crayons and sticky notes to make their science lab notebooks interactive and functional.
Is it even possible to interact with a NOTEBOOK?! My middle school science students could prove that it is not only possible, but surprisingly fun.
I teach 8th grade science at a low-income public school in north Texas.
More than half of my students are 'English Language Learners,' some of whom have only been in the United States for a few years. I had the privilege of working with this group of students last year as their 7th grade science teacher, and I was blown away by the amount of progress we made during our time together. The curiosity and enthusiasm my students have for the subject was incredibly inspiring on a daily basis. At the end of May, I was not ready for my students to leave my classroom. Instead of making all of them repeat 7th grade a second time, I decided to move up to 8th grade with them! I am incredibly excited to have another year with my amazing students to continue our progress and growth.
The supplies requested will provide my students the ability to create their own personal "textbook" for 8th grade science. Our interactive notebooks are structured so that right-side pages are for "input," which is in the form of Cornell notes. I provide definitions and key points for them to write down, they add their own study questions and summary. Sticky notes are used to provide fellow classmates with feedback. After trading notebooks and reading over notes, students give one another a "star," a compliment about their notes, and a "plus," a way to improve them. The pages on the left-side of the notebook are for "output," where students use creative and visual means to synthesize material from the Cornell notes. Colored paper, glue, and crayons help my students to create graphic organizers, color-code diagrams, and illustrate vocabulary. Visual representations and color help to strengthen retention for all of my students, particularly my 'English Language Learners.'
Providing these resources will help my students continue to grow in ways more than just content knowledge.
The implementation of our interactive notebooks helps them build a new framework for thinking. Though resistant at first, they are pushed to think independently and creatively, as opposed to regurgitating information verbatim. The confidence gained while beginning to think for themselves perpetuates a love for learning that is valuable beyond measure. Your donation makes this possible!
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