Plate Tectonics Cornell Doodle Notes Distance Learning

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7th - 9th, Homeschool
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These scaffolded Cornell Doodle Notes combine two effective note-taking strategies and can be used to introduce or review the big ideas of Plate Tectonics. These notes cover tectonic plates, how tectonics plates move due to convection currents in the Earth’s mantle, the three types of plate boundaries (transform, divergent and convergent), and how and why the interactions of tectonics plates at plate boundaries create landforms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. These notes are perfect for a lesson/unit aligned to NGSS MS-ESS2.B (Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions).

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 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 (please view the Preview to get a better idea 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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Plotting Earthquakes and Volcanoes on an X-Y Grid Paper or Digital Activity

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Total Pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.


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