I like to just have a label on the cover with students’ names and a label with “Science Notebook”. I’ve noticed that when we put other stuff on the cover, it just peels off.
Inside the Cover
On the front inside cover, I include the rubric. It’s a very basic rubric to score entries or sets of entries for a given period of time (if you collect notebooks every 3 weeks for a grade or whatever). The scores are from a 0-4.
Table of Contents
On the first THREE pages, we have a Table of Contents. I never want to run out of Table of Contents space. Never! Students set up the columns the first week so we’re set for the rest of the semester.
Inside Back Cover
Inside the back cover, I have Big Money Word$ so my students have access to those great scientific words to include in their writing. Learn more about Big Money Word$ and grab a freebie for your notebooks. I also include a list of Output Ideas to help students remember different ways they can reflect on their learning.