Thursday, August 27, 2015

Many kids enjoy hands on science exploration. This interest present a great opportunity to connect science inquiry with writing while encouraging kids to follow the proper flow of scientific inquiry.
Science for Kids: how to connect science to writing

From Science Play to “Real” Science

I don’t know how things work in your house, but my little scientist usually can’t wait to “do science”. While I appreciate her enthusiasm, jumping directly into experiments usually results in a lot of fun and sensory science play but not in any sort of increased understanding of how real scientists approach their work. In this sense, reading books about scientists helped more than doing science experiment, because Smarty learned from books that real scientist do a lot of writing – they have observational notebooks, they measure and record their data, and, of course, they also write books and articles about their discoveries. Even though my daughter was a reluctant writer until the middle of the second grade, I always encouraged her to put a pen to paper during science projects. In school, kids also maintained “science journals” where they recorded their observations and drew pictures.

How a Science Journal Might Look Like

A younger child might simply draw or trace objects during nature walks – it’s a great way to encourage observational science, especially for visual-spatial children. As Smarty was getting older, she quickly shifted from drawing, which she never particularly enjoyed, to writing her own science recipes:
A science observation journal – kindergarten

A science notebook – 3rd grade

A Science Journal Printable

For this post I have put together this science journal printable to help train future scientists in a scientific process of formulating the question and the hypothesis, practicing their powers of observation and drawing conclusions. We haven’t had a chance to test it yet, but hopefully my readers will find this Think Like a Scientist printable journal useful.
How to connect science and writing in science exploration with kids

Your Turn

Do you ask your kids to do some writing during science? Why or why not?

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Teach Second Grade

This post was inspired by collaboration of kid bloggers that either homeschool their second graders or complement their learning with after school activities at home. Our theme for this week was Journals. Visit my blog friends for more journal activities for 2nd graders:
Apple Writing Prompts and Papers from Sallie Borrink Learning
Cursive Handwriting Journal from Sugar Aunts
Heart to Heart Journals from Still Playing School
Digital Journalling with Kids from Rainy Day Mum
Fall Themed Reading Journal from Look! We're Learning!
Connecting Science and Writing from Planet Smarty Pants

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Kim Staten said...

This is such a great idea! I love the pictures drawn from observations!

Kim Staten said...

What a great idea! I love the pictures drawn from observations! My 2nd grader would love doing that!

Cerys Parker said...

LOVE your printable - I see so much science play which is great but very little actual science teaching. The journal is fantastic and a great way for 2nd graders to get into the correct mind set that science isn't just about the experiments but about the process and theory behind it.

Colleen SugarAunts said...

I love this idea for combining science and journaling. They will have so much fun looking over past experiments, too!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Your journal is great! Emma is very intuitively academic and does a lot of writing around her science experiments, but she would still enjoy this printable.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I really appreciated the Young Scientist Club kits we used when the children were younger, for just this reason. They had all the fun "wow" type experiments, but also walked the children through creating scientific notebooks to record their observations.

JL said...

We tend to do more science journaling than science experiments. It stems from our need to document everything. Sometimes K does her own research online via YouTube and take notes from that during her free time.

I love Smarty's journal entries and her worksheet idea!