Wondering how to get that elusive "100" on the notebook checks??! It's not enough just to copy text and vocab from the textbook. Here's ideas on what "impressive" and "in-depth" would include:
Impressive - I'm looking for outside connections to the material you are reading! For example: if you've ever put a flower or a stalk of celery into colored water, you've seen adhesion and cohesion (properties of water) because the flower or leaves changed color. Your notebook should show a little side message or somehow make that connection, usually in the section where you describe these processes. Something like "just like the celery stick in 7th grade!" or even a drawing of the flower in a vase of colored water and little water molecules moving up the stalk. These kind of connections are impressive to me :)
In-depth thought and effort - In addition to diagrams and sketches, re-wording the textbook notes in your own words and really organizing the notes to suite YOUR learning style is in-depth.
- Visual learner? Try color-coding and using sketches or flow charts in addition to the notes.
- Kinesthetic learner? Try lots of foldables or moveable parts to your notebooks.
- Auditory? good luck...just kidding! How about re-arranging the textbook notes into a conversation style or musical flow? Try to re-word the notes into something you "hear" in your head as you read.
Unit Summaries – Arrange your summaries by chunking! Give me a 2:3 chunk (at least) that describes the unit.