Vital Signs Science Notebook
Scientists operate in an inquiry environment. They observe, ask questions, make predictions, record observations, analyze data, make and defend claims, and share their conclusions with the larger community. Similarly, students will carry out their investigations as though they are professional scientists. An online Science Notebook (available to registered participants on the Vital Signs website) helps students organize, document, and reflect on their investigation. It guides students through each stage of the inquiry process as they seek answers to their research questions. Science Notebooks are a learning tool originally developed by Michael Klentschy to help students develop scientific inquiry, literacy, and reasoning skills.