How do you track small group progress?
A more detailed explanation of the Cornell Method can be found here
Interactive Science Notebook - with lots of pictures of student notebooks
Common core asked for more evidence from reading to support opinions.
Science Journal ideas for nearly every topic
Classroom Freebies: Scientific Method Cards
An Interactive Science Notebook is a great way to keep students paying attention while keeping important notes. Pre-making the charts and handing them out for them to glue into their note books would be the approach I would take.
STEM by Krissy.Venosdale, via Flickr
Here's a terrific set of sentence starters for use in science notebooks.
First grade anchor chart: rotate vs. revolve.