What is an Interactive Science Notebook?
An Interactive Science Notebook (ISN) will be that place that you demonstrate your learning, consolidate your understanding, and create your own study materials. It is a single notebook where you will conduct all of your classwork, labs, and most of your homework. You will be able to see your own progression over the course of this semester just by flipping through the pages of your ISN. Finally, your ISN will be where you express yourself through color, drawings, text features, creativity, analysis, and organization. You might be surprised how attached you get to your ISN!
Your ISN is only for Biology and MUST be brought to class everyday!
What is the structure of the ISN?
ISNs consist of two page spreads. On the right page (the “input” page), you will record most of your classwork in a structure that I dictate. This might look like data from a lab experiment, an article that you annotate, or a set of guided notes. On the left page (the “output” page) you will be responsible for taking all the of the input material and representing it to show me that you understand the “big picture.” For example, you may need to take a set of observations and create a model that describes the underlying process. You may also need to answer some big picture analysis question, write a lab conclusion, or design a procedure to a follow-up experiment.
Each unit will be organized the same way:
The Unit Title Page (Right side, totally colored, think: book cover)
The Unit Connection Page (Two page spread – major unit questions featured front and center. You will be returning to this page after each major lesson and ESPECIALLY during your unit projects)
Lesson Pages (Two page spreads – right page is input, left page is output)
Project pages (Two page spreads – right page is research notes, left page is big picture organization)
How will my ISN be graded?
You ISN will be graded in three ways: individual grades assigned to each major lab, completion grades given to homework assignments, and a holistic grade assigned to the overall notebook.
Individual lab grades will typically be on a Tiered Level system. This means that they will be graded for accuracy and content.
Homework will frequently be completed in the ISN and will be graded on an “all-or-nothing” completion basis.
The overall ISN will be graded holistically (that means: for the “big picture”) through the following rubric:
|8||“Pretty Darn Good”
|7||“Kick it Up a Notch”
|6||“Better Get Moving”
|5||“What Were You Thinking?”
What do I do if I lose my ISN?
Words of wisdom: Don’t lose your ISN. You are responsible for recreating all of the pages in the current unit that you lost. There will be class templates for each pages posted on the class website in the relevant Unit page, and you should absolutely arrange to come see me during lunch until you have recreated everything you lost. I recommend that you protect your ISN like you would protect your cell phone. 🙂
However, if you DO lose your ISN, here are the pages that start off the notebook, as well as the Unit Table of Contents.