Monday, February 6, 2012

Science Notebooks

Here is a quick look at my Kindergarten Science Notebooks.  At the beginning of the year we talk about what it means to be a scientist.  An easy way to introduce this is with Deanna Jump's freebie on TPT  "What Do Scientists Do?

Before school starts I buy 11 composition notebooks (20 cents a piece in July & August). Then, I ask my dad to saw them in half for me.  The first time I asked him to do this... he thought I was crazy!!  But after agreeing and doing it--- He thought it was the neatest thing-- and it is!  For those of you who do not have men in your lives with electric saws, I've been told Lowe's will do it for free.

I add a label to the front with each child's name on it, and a cute scientist clip art (of course).   We use these as much as time allows!  My kids love to think of themselves as scientist and observers. 

 Here are a few pictures of my kids observations from our science notebooks:

Here is our 5 senses anchor chart we made together.  In response to their learning they labeled a di-cut in their science notebooks.


Here is our life cycle of a pumpkin.  I also made an anchor chart for this one... but no picture. Sorry!

After reading Stellaluna, we wrote in our Science notebooks.  I love my friends' sentence, "Bats are cool."

We discussed living and non-living.  This was a quick way for me to check their learning.


This week in Science we are starting Magnets!  Come stop by later this week for some Magnet Downloads.

I just love his paperclips!!! haha

She said, "A magnet is a thing that sticks."  I love her spelling-- she was taking her time sounding it out today!

These are just a few pictures, but I hope they gave you some inspiration!  Happy Monday!!!


  1. I LOVE the sawing of the notebooks... so CLEVER. I never thought to do that before - definitely will be trying it next year.

    Glad I found your blog! I'm a new follower!

    Kindergarten Katy

  2. Thanks Katy! I can't take all the credit, I saw it at a science training in Rutherford County. But, I loved the idea and adapted it for kindergarten!

  3. How fabulous I love it. Thanks for sharing and linking up!

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  4. I am your newest follower! I love your ideas.


    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

  5. I started to wonder where you were going with sawing comp books in half.... now I picture all of the wasted portions of each page my students have not used. Half-comp books would be GREAT! We use comp books for letter focus (beginning, and end consonants and then vowels, blends, ect.) reading response journals and science journals. Oh the space (and money) this idea will save me! THANK YOU!!!!

  6. I have a few questions for you and congratulations on your pregnancy! What kind of saw does your dad use? and Where did u find the composition notebooks for 20 cents a piece?

    1. Well, it was at wal-mart last year during Back to School time.. I bought them again this year but I cannot remember if they were 20 cents.. hmm.. and the kind of saw to cut wood (that's all I know). But, I have been told that Home Depot or Lowes will also cut them!

  7. I love your science journals. I have linked your site to my blog post about notebooking.

  8. I would love some information about how to begin notebooking in my fourth grade reading class.
    Love your blog.

  9. I loved the idea and adapted it for my school. thank you