The purpose of this article is to provide teachers with strategies for improving students' writing and deepening their conceptual understanding through the use of science notebooks. The strategies include using various resources and providing a variety of feedback opportunities for students. A sample science investigation and an accompanying science notebook entry illustrate these strategies.
This is an electronic version of an article published as Butler, M.B. & Nesbit, C. (2008). Using science notebooks to improve writing skills and conceptual understanding. Science Activities, 44(4), 137-146. Science Activities is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn= 0036-8121 &date=2008&volume=44&issue=4&spage=137
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