Journal Starters

What are Journal Starters?


Cartoon Outlaws…Ignoring Newton’s Laws

Cartoon characters often do not follow Newton’s Laws. In real life, a single standard-sized balloon cannot life a person off the ...
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Your Favorite Place…Will It Still Be There Tomorrow?

Think of one of your favorite outdoor places.  It could be in your backyard, in your neighborhood, someplace you’ve been ...
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Fats Get a Bad Wrap

Fats are a type of nutrient. Many people think that eating fats is bad for you, but what do you ...
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Adaptations…Going to Extremes

We hear a lot of debate about whether life could survive on the moon or Mars, but what about extreme environments ...
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Heavyweight Championship – Air vs. Water

Air is made up of mostly nitrogen (N2) and oxygen (O2).  So is air heavier than water (H2O)? Before you ...
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For Parents & Teachers...


Journal Starters encourage teens to observe, think, question, write and draw about things in their environment. Learning to notice, record and analyze natural phenomena and patterns are important skills that promote both writing and critical thinking development. Teaching teens to use their science journal often empowers teens to slow down and draw their own conclusions about what is going on in the world around them.

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