Science Notebook Rubric Examples

Instructor: Rachel Tustin

Dr. Rachel Tustin has a PhD in Education focusing on Educational Technology, a Masters in English, and a BS in Marine Science. She has taught in K-12 for more than 15 years, and higher education for ten years.

This lesson will provide different strategies for developing appropriate science notebook rubrics for elementary, middle school, or high school classrooms. Read on for some examples of such rubrics you can use to complement your science lessons.

What Is a Science Notebook?

Science notebooks can be a powerful tool in the classroom. They can be used to foster critical thinking, as well as provide an opportunity for students to practice text analysis, writing, and mathematical skills. In general, science notebooks are organized by the left sides (even-numbered pages) and the right sides (odd-numbered pages).

The right-side pages of the notebook are used for teacher-driven activities related to specific content, such as close readings of articles, notes, or any other forms of information input that you as the teacher have provided for the students.

Science Notebook Organization
Science Notebook Organization

On the other hand, left-side pages are for student-driven content. This area is for students to practice working with the information, such as by creating visuals like a graphic organizer or cartoon or by completing other forms of practice exercises. A sample of a science notebook's table of contents would look something like the one below.

Sample Science Notebook Table of Contents
Sample Science Notebook Table of Contents

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