Teaching geography to 6th grade students who don't have a whole lot of prior knowledge can be daunting to say the least. These lecture notes are the most amazing things! Adapted from some teachings of Nancy Fetzer, I use the vocabulary words and pictures on a smart notebook application to have my students take notes at their desks. They are reminded that the notes and associated pictures are not an art class, but a way to access more parts of their brain by writing the key words, drawing the pictures (they have to quick adapt the ones on my presentation) repeating the summary after me out loud and do the associated movements. I did not include the movements I do with my lecture notes, but would be happy to include that later if there is a desire and/or need. At their seats my students fold their papers into sixteenths and number their boxes. They then take the notes in the boxes in order, writing out the words and pictures. I also help them with their organization by having them identify each new paragraph. When we are finished with our notes, the students use them to write out a summary in complete sentences and paragraphs, making sure they spell the key words correctly from their note-taking off the board. This has been an amazing resource for my students and the information they are then able to aquire through our unit of study is huge!