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Note-Taking: K.I.S.S. "Keep It Short and Simple"
Note-taking is an essential study skill, and it needs to be taught! In the context of a research project on energy sources, learners find multiple sources, evaluating, paraphrasing, and citing them correctly. Two lists with note-taking guidelines are attached. Consider joining them into one presentation with more color and engagement for your class. Model research using the essential questions. Groups write a persuasive essay on a specific energy source. This will need more scaffolding for some of your learners.
Listening Closely and Taking Notes: Colonial Trade Podcast About the Wheelwright
Voices from the past. Young scholars listen to a podcast interview with a historical re-enactor as they continue their research in the eleventh lesson of this unit on colonial trade. Applying their close reading skills, learners first listen for the gist of the interview, summarizing what they hear in a single statement. The class then listens again and works collaboratively to take notes on specific information from the interview. Finally, the podcast is played a third time, allowing the kids a chance to practice taking notice independently. This resource prepares young researchers as they will be listening to similar interviews about their specific colonial trade in the following lesson of this unit.
Nature Deficit Disorder and Urbanization
What is urbanization and green urbanism? What are the benefits of green spaces? Learners can find out by reading informational texts and taking Cornell notes as a class and then individually. Included here are several graphic organizers, information for class members to read, and a teacher key for the Cornell notes. Since the lesson is part of a larger unit on urbanization and green movements, you might wish to refer to the unit outline to view the English lesson that is meant to precede this lesson.
Researching and Note-Taking: Becoming an Expert on a Colonial Trade
Fourth graders work in small groups to become experts on different colonial trades in the eighth lesson of this unit. Working toward the long-term goal of writing a piece of historical fiction, young scholars read informational texts and work collaboratively to take notes on terms related to their specific trade. Learners practice reading and rereading text, first to get a gist of the content, and second to focus on key vocabulary. Make sure dictionaries are available to support students in making sense of the different terms they encounter in their reading. This is a great lesson that supports young researchers as they work with their peers to become experts on a colonial trade.
Researching and Note-Taking: Building Expertise About a Colonial Trade
Building on the previous lesson in this unit on colonial trade, the ninth lesson has young experts continuing their research and writing summaries of the information they find. To begin, children participate in guided practice where they read and summarize an informational text as a whole class, learning to focus on the question words who, what, where, when, and why. Learners then break into expert groups to reread their informational texts, while continuing to take notes and discuss their findings. The lesson concludes with the young researchers writing a summary of their colonial trade, citing specific evidence from their reading. An excellent resource that supports in using research to create a summary of informational text.
Reading and Taking Notes on Colonial Trades
In the tenth lesson of this unit, young scholars learn to categorize information as they continue researching their colonial trade. During guided practice, the teacher models how to read informational text slowly while sorting the information into short bulleted notes. Young researchers are then given the opportunity to practice these skills as they reread text on their specific colonial trade. Finally, learners return to their expert groups to share the notes they have taken with their peers. A great resource for teaching note-taking skills to your class. Note that this lesson builds on the previous two lessons in the unit, though it can be adapted for other content areas as well.
Mid-unit Assessment: Reading, Note-taking and Paragraph Writing
For this mid-unit assessment, fourth graders should be able to read, take notes and write a well-constructed paragraph. This plan is a halfway point for a larger unit that utilizes close reading skills and visible thinking strategies to teach learners more efficient ways to read and write. They have 30 minutes to use skills learned in previous lessons with familiar informational text. The informational text, The Iroquois: A Six Nation Confederacy, is not included in the lesson, but the instructions, skills, and strategies used are exemplary and can be generalized to any text. Note: This unit also supplements 4th grade social studies lessons for New York state teachers.
Taking Notes Using a Graphic Organizer: Inferring About the Importance of Religion in Colonial America
Improve class understanding of colonial times by reading an informational text and filling out the accompanying graphic organizer. Class members work with a partner to read, take notes, make inferences, and synthesize information.The activity does not provide a copy of If You Lived in Colonial Times, so you will need to find the text. Since the series of lessons only uses parts of the text, you could probably buy one book and make a class set for your learners.
Taking Notes Using a Graphic Organizer, Part 1: The Iroquois: A Six Nations Confederacy
Fourth graders tackle the close reading skill of learning how to find the main idea and details within informational text. A graphic organizer is provided to help learners navigate taking note-taking skills with the book, The Iroquois: A Six Nations Confederacy. Although the text of the book is not available, this plan includes great instruction on how to systematically lead a class through becoming efficient note-takers. This ELA instructional activity is part of a bigger unit that is designed to supplement the social studies curriculum for teachers in New York state.
Taking Notes Using a Graphic Organizer: Inferring About Work and Play in Colonial America
What was life like in colonial America? Follow this lesson and your pupils will find out what people in colonial times did for work and for fun. Ask learners to compare and contrast the two texts and explain what the reading helped them understand about colonial times by taking notes on details and inferences. Class members can synthesize the information through an activity called This or That, during which they move around the classroom and discuss their ideas with others. A very detailed plan. Texts are not provided; however, pupils only read short excerpts. Buy yourself a copy and make a class set.
Students practice the note-taking skills of Pocket Note Taking, Outlining, and 2 column note taking. They use pocket notes, outlining, and/or two-column notes to summarize information taken from web sites or other sources. Afterward, they rewrite the information in their own words.
Cornell Notes with I Tunes
Note taking is an invaluable skill and requires practice. This lesson incorporates the Cornell Notes format, however the plan itself could be implemented to teach any style. The basic idea here is to use university lectures on podcasts to practice note taking during a lecture. They suggest the Justice Series from Harvard, however there are many you can find online. Learners first watch you model this as they listen to a lecture. Then, they get to choose a (free) lecture using iTunes U and take notes on it themselves.
How to Take Notes
In this taking notes worksheet, students read tips on how to take good notes in class. Students read 6 tips on how to take their notes.
Introducing Close Reading: Finding the Main Message and Taking Notes About Rain School
This second lesson in a larger unit is perfect for the beginning of the year because it explicitly teaches 3rd graders how to use close reading skills by identifying unfamiliar words, figuring out the gist, and defining important vocabulary words. Learners work to use key details from the story Rain School to identify the main message, describe the characters and their actions in a story, and participate in an academic conversation with their peers through the use of repeated reading and sticky notes on pages to highlight information key terms. The detailed and specific teacher guide, materials list, vocabulary list, and supporting materials make this plan ready to use and an exemplary resource for 3rd grade classrooms.
Digging for Treasure: Note-Taking Skills for Primary Children
Second graders study the criteria for biographies and the vocabulary that is specific person and time. They take notes, write e-mail and gather information on a famous person.
Finding Resources: Organizing and Taking Notes
Seventh graders conduct research and make note of it. In this research skills lesson plan, 7th graders select questions to investigate and locate appropriate resources for research. Students take notes and organize those notes to prepare presentations regarding their research investigations.
Active Reading Guide: Note-Taking and Summarizing for Tuck Everlasting
In this note-taking and summarizing worksheet, students study the active reading notes already provided for the prologue of Tuck Everlasting. Students then use the provided graphic organizer to note the setting, characters, summaries, and predictions for chapters 1-4 of the novel.
Summarizing and Synthesizing: Planning for Writing an Apprentice Wanted Ad
In lesson 13 of this unit on colonial trade, young researchers learn about apprentices as they prepare to write help-wanted ads for the specific trade they have been researching. To begin, the class listens closely as the teacher reads aloud an informational text on apprentices while working in small groups to take notes on the information they hear. Using their notes, learners then write a summary paragraph about apprentices in colonial times. Finally, pupils participate in guided practice where the teacher models how to fill in a graphic organizer that helps plan out the help-wanted ad they will be writing in the next lesson. A great resource that uses the concept of apprenticeship to engage young scholars as they learn how to use their research in creating a piece of expository writing.
Mid-Unit Assessment: Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Bullfrog Life Cycle
The sixth lesson in this Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle unit assesses your third graders' ability to read and understand informational text. The included assessment asks students to take notes about the main idea and supporting details of the text, while also focusing on information they can find in the illustrations. Using their notes, learners then answer one multiple choice and two free-response questions to demonstrate their understanding of the content and key vocabulary. Following the short test, pupils complete a self-assessment requiring them to reflect on how well they are meeting the specific learning goals of the unit. This lesson serves as an excellent resource for a teacher looking to determine their class's ability to read and comprehend this story about bullfrogs.
Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Main Ideas about the Bullfrog
As your class reaches the end of the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the seventh lesson plan in this literary unit helps third graders transition from reading narrative to expository writing. Scholars develop their note-taking skills as they read through the last page in the book, identifying the main ideas and key details they encounter. Readers are also introduced to a glossary that contains key vocabulary found in the text. Through a series small group and whole-class discussions, students continue to learn how the adaptations of a bullfrog help it to survive. A great lesson plan for teaching students how to read and comprehend expository text.