Taking notes in science doesn't mean just copying what's on the board. These strategies will support your students before, after, and in-between hands-on investigations:
Brainstorming is a great first step to many investigations.
Active Reading Strategies
Have you used notebooks to help your students understand science texts?
Scaffolds for Field Trips
Use notebooks to help students learn actively during field trips
Notebooks can help build one's understanding of scientific terms. But should you frontload vocabulary, or not?
These strategies will support students as they describe differences and similarities.
Students can map concepts in the notebook to make their understanding visible.