Atoms and Reading the Periodic Table Cornell Doodle Notes

Atoms and Reading the Periodic Table Cornell Doodle Notes
Atoms and Reading the Periodic Table Cornell Doodle Notes
Atoms and Reading the Periodic Table Cornell Doodle Notes
Atoms and Reading the Periodic Table Cornell Doodle Notes
Atoms and Reading the Periodic Table Cornell Doodle Notes
Atoms and Reading the Periodic Table Cornell Doodle Notes
Atoms and Reading the Periodic Table Cornell Doodle Notes
Atoms and Reading the Periodic Table Cornell Doodle Notes
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This resource is also part of the Physical Science Cornell Doodle Notes Growing Bundle and the Atoms and the Periodic Table Bundle!

These scaffolded, no-prep Atoms Cornell Doodle Notes are an introduction to atoms, subatomic particles, basic atomic structure, and reading the Periodic Table. They combine two effective note-taking strategies and can be used as part of the input for NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea PS1.A: Substances are made from different types of atoms, which combine with one another in various ways and each atom has a charged substructure consisting of a nucleus, which is made of protons and neutrons, surrounded by electrons.

Cornell Notes are a note-taking strategy in which topic questions are written in a narrow left-hand column and definitions, explanations, and diagrams are filled in in the right-hand column.

Doodle Notes (or Sketch Notes) are another note-taking strategy for which pictures and graphics activate the visual pathways of the brain, which helps with retention of information when compared to standard note-taking. Your visual learners will really benefit from seeing and coloring in the pictures aside the main points of the notes!

These 2-page (plus 1 practice problems page) notes cover the general definition of an atom, depict a very simplified version of the history of the atomic theory, differentiate the subatomic particles proton, neutron and electron, by their charges, masses, and locations within the atom, explain what isotopes are and how to write an element in isotopic notation (ex: Carbon-12), cover what can be learned from an element’s square on the Periodic Table, and explain how to calculate the number of neutrons in an atom.

I created a Powerpoint that goes with these notes. The Powerpoint walks the students through the lesson from the Essential Question and through all of the Topic Questions. There is a “Quick Watch” video clip included on the first slide (as well as at the top of the notes themselves) that you can use as a “hook”/intro. There are three anticipation questions that the students will answer before and after watching the video clip. At the end of the Powerpoint (as well as at the end of the notes themselves) there is a “Sum It Up” section in which students practice matching the relevant vocabulary to definitions, label a sample Periodic Table square, calculate the mass number of different atoms, and complete a chart that puts together all of the information about the subatomic particles.


The Cornell Doodle Notes are 3-pages each and there are 2 scaffolded versions plus the answer key included.

The Powerpoint is included and there are also directions for accessing the presentation via Google Drive (Google Slides). This is obviously optional depending on how you choose to use this in your classroom.

Here are some ways that I suggest using this product:
✎ Whole-Group lesson with scaffolding : decide which students should receive which level of the notes. Hand out the notes to the students. Use the Powerpoint as a presentation and talk aloud through the lesson while the students take notes. Allow them to color/doodle further during and at the end of the lesson. {If you have a document camera (an ELMO), you can fill out your own notes and the students can follow along with you as you discuss the concepts aloud!}

✎ Scaffolded Small-Group lesson : separate your students into groups by learning level. Give each student group sets of the appropriate notes for their level. Make sure each group has a device to view the presentation. Post the Powerpoint or Google Slides to your Google Classroom or other online learning platform, or email the Powerpoint version to one ‘student leader’ in each group. The students would view the Powerpoint/Slides together on one device and fill in the notes. . Encourage them to add color/further notes.

✎ Individual Note-Taking or Flipped Classroom : Post the Powerpoint to your Google Classroom or other online learning platform or hand out the Google access directions to your students (page 3 of this document). Hand out the appropriate-level notes to each student. Students can work at their own pace to view the presentation and complete their notes. Encourage them to add color/further notes.

Please note that this resource is not editable due to font and clip art licensing agreements.

If you are teaching an introductory unit on atoms:
Help your students understand the atom's journey through time with the Atomic Theory Timeline Project

Dive a bit deeper on isotopes and why atomic mass is a decimal on the Periodic Table with the Eggium Isotopes and Atomic Mass Activity

Try Modeling Atoms: Bohr and Lewis Dot Diagrams Cornell Doodle Notes and Powerpoint to teach about modeling atoms and then Bohr Diagrams Atom Manipulatives Activity to make it hands-on!

Give your students a chance to show what they know with my Reading the Periodic Table Magic Pixel Picture Review and Atoms and the Periodic Table Mad Lib Task Cards


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