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A Laboratory of Words: Using Science Notebook Entries as Preassessment Creates Opportunities to Adapt Teaching

by: Jeanne Clidas

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Students are using the tools of scientists when keeping a science notebook. To bring students’ existing ideas out for examination, the author implemented a “quick-write,” which entails asking an open-ended question and having the students write all they know in three minutes. When the quick-writes are finished, the students discuss their thoughts with a partner or in small groups. In this chapter, the author shares how science notebooks can become a laboratory of words that support conversations and continued inquiry.


Type Book ChapterPub Date 10/31/2011Stock # PB311X_46

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