Kinetic and Potential Energy Cornell Doodle Notes Distance Learning

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Grade Levels
7th - 9th, Homeschool
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These scaffolded Cornell Doodle Notes combine two effective note-taking strategies and can be used to cover the concepts of energy as the ability to do work, mechanical, kinetic, and potential energy, and the specific types of energy, including elastic, chemical, gravitational, and nuclear potential energy and thermal, sound, radiant, and electrical energy. These notes also cover the Law of Conservation of Energy, energy transformations, and the relationship between kinetic and potential energy as a roller coaster car travels down a track. The notes introduce energy transfers that occur in every day examples.

These notes support the Disciplinary Core Ideas of NGSS MS-PS3.A (Definitions of Energy) and MS-PS3.B (Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer).

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 5-pages each and there are 3 scaffolded versions plus the answer key
  • Two presentation options: Powerpoint AND Google Slides
  • Google Slides 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
  • 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:

Energy Types Family Tree and Energy in Toys Mini-Lab

Heat Transfer Inquiry Stations Lab

Solar Cooker Project

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Total Pages
55 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object. Emphasis is on descriptive relationships between kinetic energy and mass separately from kinetic energy and speed. Examples could include riding a bicycle at different speeds, rolling different sizes of rocks downhill, and getting hit by a wiffle ball versus a tennis ball.
Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object. Examples of empirical evidence used in arguments could include an inventory or other representation of the energy before and after the transfer in the form of temperature changes or motion of object. Assessment does not include calculations of energy.


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