Professional Development

July 20, 2015

Interactive Science Notebook Tips

I have been using science interactive notebooks since my first year of teaching.  I had a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful science teaching coach who was all about using science interactive notebooks in the classroom.  It was a bit of a struggle for me to get them going.  Some years were better than others for implementing them, but over the years I have learned a few tips and tricks.  Today I wanted to share them with you.

Interactive science notebook tips for kindergarten and first grade that are genius! I love the elastic idea she shared!

Materials Needed:

  • science interactive notebook covers
  • envelopes
  • fun ribbon (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
  • fun elastic (comes in a spool at Hobby Lobby, too!)

Science Notebook Tips

1. Let your students make them their own.

I like to do this by giving them a cover to color and decorate however they would like. Science Notebook Tips

2. Add an envelope to the back for the unused pieces.

Sometimes my students wouldn’t be able to finish gluing their pieces in their notebooks and I would have to pass out baggies for them.  The baggies would get lost in their desks or chair bags and I would constantly have to make them more copies. This helps keep their pieces right where they need them–in their notebooks!

Science Notebook Tips

3. Add a piece of ribbon as a bookmark.

I always liked for their flip book pages to be in the correct order. To do this we had to work on not skipping pages.  By adding a piece of ribbon as a bookmark, the students were able to easily know where their next flip book needed to be glued.

Science Notebook Tips

4. Use fancy elastic to hold it all together.

The notebooks get THICK pretty quick! Students would shove them in their desks or chair bags and they would get bent and pages would get torn.  This helps keeps the notebook nice and neat.

Science Notebook Tips

If you are looking for activities for your science interactive notebooks, check out this BUNDLE that will have you set for the year!

Interactive science notebook for first grade--finally something that will last me all year!

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Are you in need of science journal covers? Grab mine HERE for FREE!


I hope these tips get you excited about implementing science notebooks with your students! My students always LOVE them!
Interactive science notebook tips for kindergarten and first grade that are genius! I love the elastic idea she shared! There's also a free journal cover to grab! #interactivenotebooks #scienceideas

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Be sure to check out my Reading Tips for the Beginning of the Year post!

Happy Teaching,


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Hi, I'm Amanda

I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your students love and that are easy to implement for teachers.  Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, you’ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!


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12 Responses

  1. Very cute! Is there anyway you can email me the original, so that I can put it in Spanish?

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Susan! I do not have one specific for Kinder. I created the 1st grade set as I taught first grade and then the following year when I moved to kindergarten, I was able to use many of the components during the 2nd semester with my kinder kids! 🙂

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