Science Notebooks

Research and best practice have led FOSS to place more emphasis on the student science notebook. Keeping a notebook helps students organize their observations and data, process their data, and maintain a record of their learning for future reference. The process of writing about their science experiences and communicating their thinking is a powerful learning device for students. The science-notebook entries stand as a credible and useful expression of learning. The artifacts in the notebooks form one of the core elements of the assessment system. You will find the duplication masters for grades 1-5 presented in notebook format. They are reduced in size (two copies to a standard sheet) for placement (glue or tape) into a bound composition book. Student work is entered partly in spaces provided on the notebook sheets and partly on adjacent blank sheets. Full-size duplication masters are also available on FOSSweb.

Suggestions for getting started with notebooks plus ideas for deepening student understanding through the use of science notebooks can be found in the FOSS Science Notebooks Chapters for Grades K-2 and for Grades 3-5 (found in print in Teacher Resources and as PDFs on FOSSweb) and the FOSS Science Notebooks Chapter for Middle School.

Science Notebook Index Templates

Below are downloadable PDFs of science notebook index templates that can be printed for students to insert into their notebooks. Consider how much room your students will need to write when selecting a template. For more information on using these index sheets with notebooks, see the FOSS Notebook Folio.

Four-page index template. This index has 6 to 8 letters per page. Works well for grades K-2.

Two-page index template. This index has 12 to 14 letter per page. Works well for grades K-8.

One-page index template. This index has all the letters on one page. Works well for grades 3-8.