This Cell Organelles Cornell Doodle Notes product is also included in the Cell Organelles Mini Bundle!
These Cell Organelles Cornell Doodle Notes are a visual, scaffolded, no-prep resource for teaching about the structure and function of eukaryotic cell organelles and the difference between animal and plant cells! 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 6-page, scaffolded notes can be used as part of the input for NGSS MS-LS1-2 (Disciplinary Core Idea: Students who demonstrate understanding can: Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function; Crosscutting Concept: Complex and microscopic structures and systems can be visualized, modeled, and used to describe how their function depends on the relationships among its parts, therefore complex natural structures/systems can be analyzed to determine how they function.)
These notes cover the general definition of a eukaryotic cell (contains a nucleus), gives a city analogy for each of the main cell organelles (for example, power plant = mitochondria, nucleus = city hall, ribosomes = businesses, etc.), and differentiates between animal and plant cells (cell wall and chloroplasts). Each ‘city’ analogy drawing is accompanied by a drawing of the organelle itself and a short description of the function of that organelle.
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. 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 recall the organelle that each ‘city’ analogy represents.
The Cornell Doodle Notes are 6-pages each including the Sum It Up section, and there are 3 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 or use a document camera (ELMO) to fill in your notes while you discuss them. Allow them to color/doodle further after each section 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.
Please note that this resource is not editable due to font and clip art licensing agreements.
You may also be interested in my Cell Organelles Play to Act Out the Functions of an Animal Cell
and my Cell Organelles City Analogies Memory Matching Game
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