Next in our quest for the ultimate Interactive STEM Notebooks is talking about Notebook Expectations This is a different conversation than what should belong in their STEM Notebooks (although that’s important too). This discussion centers around safety when conducting a STEM or Science Lab.
Since I taught mostly 4th and 5th grades, it was highly unlikely that we would use anything that wouldn’t be used in your kitchen, but it’s still a best practice to have this discussion with students and make sure they understand the expectations for handling supplies and materials (even if they aren’t dangerous). My main point is making sure that students are respectful of themselves, others and our classroom equipment.
To show them how serious I am, I usually have each student sign a safety contract that we then glue into our STEM Notebooks. Having students put their signature on something impresses the importance of it and make it easier to enforce if students start to get lax as the year goes on.
This safety contract is sure to get students started on the right track!
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