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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.
The how and why of note taking is the focus of a four-page worksheet. Tips include how to take notes in class, how to prepare note cards for a speech, how to fill out note cards on readings, and where to keep notes. Whether distributed to the class as a binder resource or used as the basis of an in-class discussion, the resource is of value.
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.
In the tenth lesson plan 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 plan builds on the previous two lessons in the unit, though it can be adapted for other content areas as well.
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.
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.
Learners research the western movement in order to learn note taking strategies with nonfiction texts. They use the Internet to search for important information about the western movement using the Cornell Notes note-taking system. They will use Cornell Notes and handouts included to answer research questions. In the end, they share what they have learned with their classmates through a summary of the text.
Seventh graders conduct research and make note of it. In this research skills lesson, 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.
Ninth graders engage in a study that develops the skill of taking notes while using the Cornell Note-Taking Method. They read a selected informational text and take notes using the newly taught method. Students write a reflection based upon new information.
As your class reaches the end of the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the seventh lesson 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 for teaching students how to read and comprehend expository text.
In this note taking worksheet, students read a half page of information about taking notes and recording findings. Next, students read part of an article and fill in 10 blanks with notes they take from the article based on what they have read.
For this taking notes and highlighting worksheet, students read a paragraph and then examine a piece of text. Students respond to 10 short answer questions regarding the information.
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.
Second graders work in groups to gather information from a factual paragraph on the topic of ants. They demonstrate taking notes by selecting 3 or 4 important key words in each sentence and write it on a note card to compile summary information to provide three "notes" from the paragraph.
Students learn and use three steps to effective note taking. In this note taking instructional activity, students employ a method to assist them in taking clear and accurate notes. Students practice note taking skills at a sports event at their school.
Students take notes and summarize information. In this communication instructional activity, students summarize information by taking notes using the various methods that their instructor presents to them.
Students practice note-taking skills through a variety of activities and exercises.
Are your writers failing to include important information when crafting summaries? Are they including tiny, irrelevant details? Guide them to solid summary writing by providing them with this practice activity. Writers will read information about Morocco, take notes, and turn their notes into a well-written paragraph. Print out different note-taking guides and present these as different options.
In this information processing worksheet, 5th graders read about note taking and highlighting as strategies for using information from text. They read a set of questions, highlight a piece of text, and answer the 10 questions using the information they highlighted.
Second graders read a book. In this note taking lesson, 2nd graders read a book about pumpkins and take notes together. Students write a summary about pumpkins using the information from their notes.