Covalent Bonding Cornell Doodle Notes Distance Learning

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8th - 10th, Homeschool
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Try these scaffolded Cornell Doodle Notes for teaching your students about covalent bonding! These notes incorporate two effective notetaking strategies to cover how to draw a Lewis Dot Diagram to show the valence electrons of an atom, the idea that covalent bonds involve a sharing of electrons, the concept of a molecule, the Octet Rule, bonding pairs and lone pairs of electrons, a trick for remembering how many bonds certain atoms form, and how to draw a covalent bond and write its molecular formula. Examples, analogies, and doodles are integrated throughout these notes to help students to understand these concepts.

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 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!

What's Included (please see the preview also!):

  • The Cornell Doodle Notes are 4-pages each and there are 2 scaffolded versions plus the answer key
  • Two presentation options: Powerpoint AND Google Slides
  • Google Slides digital version of the notes with student directions and Google Tools and Fonts sidebar

Here are some ways that I suggest using this resource:

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 or Google Slides as a presentation and talk aloud through the lesson while the students take notes OR 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! Stop throughout the lesson to have the students pair-share and discuss what they are learning. 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 or Google Slides presentation to your Google Classroom or other online learning platform. 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. Could also be assigned for homework or as a “half & half lab” for which one group of students is taking notes at their desks while another group is performing a lab.

Distance Learning Scenario: Create a screencast lecture using one of the presentation options, or you could record audio clips over each slide that your students will play as they view the presentation.

Options for Digital Note-taking:

  • Assign the Google Slides version of the notes (please view the Preview for images of what this version looks like!)
  • Assign this resource using TPT's Digital Activity Tool
  • Assign these notes digitally using the Kami Extension for Google Classroom. Learn about this option by downloading THIS FREEBIE!

Please note that this resource is not editable due to font and clip art licensing agreements and also to protect my work. However, you can always add additional text boxes to the presentation, as well as insert new slides with images/text/video clips, etc. to customize the lesson for you and your students!

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You may also be interested in these resources for teaching about bonding:

Counting Atoms in Chemical Formulas Abracadabra Pixel Art Digital Review

Ions and Ionic Bonding Cornell Doodle Notes and Powerpoint

Ingredient Labels of Everyday Products Chemical Compounds Research Project

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. Emphasis is on developing models of molecules that vary in complexity. Examples of simple molecules could include ammonia and methanol. Examples of extended structures could include sodium chloride or diamonds. Examples of molecular-level models could include drawings, 3D ball and stick structures, or computer representations showing different molecules with different types of atoms. Assessment does not include valence electrons and bonding energy, discussing the ionic nature of subunits of complex structures, or a complete depiction of all individual atoms in a complex molecule or extended structure.
Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms. Examples of properties that could be predicted from patterns could include reactivity of metals, types of bonds formed, numbers of bonds formed, and reactions with oxygen. Assessment is limited to main group elements. Assessment does not include quantitative understanding of ionization energy beyond relative trends.


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