Keeping A Record of Investigations in a Science Notebook

Resource ID#: 193961 Type: Original Student Tutorial
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General Information

Subject(s): Science
Grade Level(s): 3
Intended Audience: Students
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: nature of science, keeping records, recording, recording in science, science graphs, science words, science charts, science pictures, notebooking, keeping records of investigations, science notebook, observations, words, pictures, drawings, graphs, charts, animals, plants, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal, Snow Goose, Blue-winged Teal, birds, grass, science, interactive, tutorials, elearning, e-learning, journals, notebooks
Instructional Component Type(s): Original Student Tutorial

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