Friday, July 13, 2012

Mini Science Board

I have used a Science Notebook for my entire teaching career. (2 years) I love them so much. I attended a workshop this summer about them and have even more ideas to try.

This idea I found last year, probably on pinterest. I tested it out with a students a few times this year and it worked pretty well.

I always have an example to show my students first. My first year I didn't always have one. Usually those activities were the most frustrating for me and the students. This past year I saw teachers try to explain activities without giving students a visual of what they wanted. I know I don't learn well with someone just speaking to me. I have to see.

First, start with a shutter fold. It makes the construction paper look like a mini science board. Mini anything is already just adorable! After they finished the inside of the foldable, the students decorated the outside. (This is my teacher copy. I am not the best artist. But I try, which is what counts.) The back can be glued into a science notebook.

On the inside the students put the problem/question, hypothesis, procedure, data, graph, materials, and conclusion. 

For this lab, the students had to come up with their own experiment to test force on an object. (Which is Texas Science TEKS 5.6D) They weren't allowed to test the question I did for the example. So while they had a visual of what to create, all the content was original. They did work in groups on this. 

Some of the tests were as follows:

Does the number of books on a person's back affect the number of push ups he/she can do?
Does size affect the distance a paper football can go?
Does size affect how long a paper spinner will spin?
Will different size balls bounce at different heights?

And yes, I had an observation the day the groups were experimenting in class. So I had students flicking paper footballs, doing push ups, and bouncing balls when my principal came in. Luckily, she likes (productive) noisy classrooms. 


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I will definitely be doing this with my 5th graders. I'm always looking for ways to help them with their science fair projects, they always struggle. This is just the way to get them practicing all year long! Genius!

    Upper Grades Are Awesome

  2. I really like this idea. I will add this to our Science journals as well. May I ask what type of notebook you use? Do you like the composition books or a spiral notebook?


    1. I have used composition notebooks. Last year I used them for math and science. They hold up really well and I only had a few come apart towards the end of the year. (From students who treated theirs pretty rough.)

  3. I have seen this idea and thought about doing it for several years... just never had. I love your idea of already having a premade one. Maybe we will do one together on a simple experiment at the beginning of the year.... hmmmmmm.....

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