Using Student Notebooks for Formative Assessment

Girl taking notes in a notebook and materials on table.

Students’ record ideas, questions and reflections in their science notebook.

We recommend that students begin every science class by opening their notebooks as a reminder of where they left off in the last science class and that, like scientists, they will keep a record of today's work. Here in the notebook, teachers will find evidence of students' first-hand investigations, not only their observations and measurements but their interpretations of the data, reasoning from the data, ideas and insights into the science content.