These no-prep, scaffolded Cornell Doodle Notes combine two effective note-taking strategies and are a great way to introduce your students to the concepts of Precision and Accuracy, Measuring Length, Volume (of solids, liquids, rectangular-shaped, and irregularly-shaped objects), Mass, and Weight (and the difference between the two).
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!
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.
You could use this product over the course of a week or two as you teach your students the skills/tools to measure length, volume, mass, and weight. Hand out the notes pages as a packet or one at a time!
The Cornell Doodle Notes are 5-pages each and there are 3 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 some of the topic questions and fill in some words throughout
There are directions for accessing the Powerpoint for this product 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 (one or more pages) 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.
Use the notes as input while you teach the concepts, or as a visual review after you teach them.
If you are teaching a unit on measuring matter and want to throw in some hands-on, you may also be interested in my Mass and Weight Mini Labs
, Graduated Cylinder Liquid Volume Color Magic Lab
, or Metrics Measuring and Experimental Design Escape Room Game
Thanks for looking!