Teaching in Spanglish

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Interactive Science Journals

Gotta jump back into the swing of things... striking is physically and mentally more exhausting than teaching. As of today, there is a tentative agreement and hopefully we'll be back in our classrooms by Monday (fingers crossed!).

OK, back to the original programming...

About a year ago, I came across Melissa's Blog and read about her interactive science journals; now, this is something that I had done while teaching 3rd grade, but hadn't thought about doing it in First grade 'til I read her post on how she does it in her classroom and thought it was the cutest idea ever!
Basically students personalize their science notebooks with all things Science on the outside; on the inside they write their notes on one side of the page and glue any artifacts on the opposite side.

So I decided to try it with my students and here are the results...

How cute are these?!

The one thing I forgot to take a picture of? The inside! Lol. Maybe, I'll save that for a future post. ;)


Here is a copy of the letter we sent to our parents. I can't take full credit for this as I'm pretty sure I found it somewhere in Bloggyland first and then modified it to meet my needs. If you read this letter and recognize it as yours (before all the modifications), please let me know. I will link you as the original source... I don't want you to beat me up! Lol.

Click HERE to get a copy of my parent letter!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this, Karla! I hope you will continue to share what you do with these journals. I am working with a lot of dual language teachers that are trying these out for the first time and it is so helpful to see examples of how they are being used with your bilingual kids.

  2. Thanks, Candis! I will definitely share how this goes in my classroom. So far, they are not as interesting as I would like them to be, but I have ideas galore and can't wait to get back to work so that I could start implementing. =)

  3. I love the way your science journal turned out! I am your newest follower!

    1. Hi, Alexa! Sorry for my delay in replying! I appreciate all my blog followers! Thank you for joining! =)
      I'm glad you liked my science journals. I love getting and sharing ideas. =)
      Love our blog as well!