A visual, scaffolded, no-prep resource for teaching about heat (thermal) energy and temperature and the change of state from liquid to gas at the boiling point! These scaffolded Cornell Doodle Notes combine two effective note-taking strategies.
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 two-page, scaffolded notes can be used as part of the input for NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A (The changes of state that occur with variations in temperature or pressure can be described and predicted using these models of matter.) and PS3.A (The term “heat” as used in everyday language refers both to thermal energy (the motion of atoms or molecules within a substance) and the transfer of that thermal energy from one object to another. In science, heat is used only for this second meaning; it refers to the energy transferred due to the temperature difference between two objects. Temperature is not a measure of energy; the relationship between the temperature and the total energy of a system depends on the types, states, and amounts of matter present.
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 is a Vocab slide that defines some of the vocabulary that students need to know before the lesson. Students watch a neat video of boiling water along the trek up to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and fill in the picture with the data from the video. 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 answer some conceptual questions and summarize the lesson’s main points.
The Cornell Doodle Notes are 2-pages each and there are 4 versions included:
The KEY : All notes and “answers” are included on this version
Green Circle : Use this version for your lower-level students who need more support, take more time, or who are learning English as a second language…they will have to fill in missing words
Blue Square : Use this version for your mainstream students…they will have to write the topic questions and fill in some words throughout
Black Diamond : Use this version for your high-level students who work more quickly or who like to write in their own handwriting…they will have to fill in all of the text throughout the notes
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.
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. 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.
You may also be interested in my Melting/Freezing Point Thermometer Coloring Activity
and my Intro to States of Matter Jigsaw Activity
Thanks for looking!