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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the final lesson in a larger beginning-of-the-year unit to establish routines and teach close reading skills, this plan is designed as an assessment piece. Using the story, The Librarian of Basra, learners independently complete three activities previously practiced: finding the gist and identifying unknown vocabulary, reading again for important details, and powerful notetaking for answering text-dependent questions. Although the plan is scheduled for one hour, it may be helpful to extend work time and break the activities into a two day cycle.
Third graders get ready to take notes on a field trip. In this notetaking instructional activity, 3rd graders take notes to remember what they've seen on a field trip. Students draw and analyze diagrams of what they have seen. Students access their notes to share information about the trip.
Pupils review the main points of note-taking to summarize the content of a formal or informal spoken presentation. They hear a guest speaker talk about a pre-arranged topic and take notes during the presentation. Next, they write a summary of the content and prepare at least three thoughtful questions about the presentation. By changing the language of the rubric, this could be adapted to any grade level.
Give learners an opportunity to reflect and improve upon their note-taking skills in all academic areas using this resource. Active learners will move through a discussion on their current note taking, collaborate on the benefits and deficiencies of two different scenarios, complete a self-assessment on their note taking, and complete a personalized plan on how they will improve their note taking in class. Included in the lesson plan are links to extension activities that build upon the objectives.
Did you know that the average teacher speaks 125-140 words per minute? Wow! So, what's the best note-taking strategy? Present your class with this PowerPoint to highlight some of the benefits of good note-taking. Learners are encouraged to assess their current note-taking skills, and then they are introduced to some time-saving abbreviations like w/, b/c, and w/o.
What do you wonder about bats? Use an open-ended question like this to engage your class and interest them in an upcoming research project. There's a list of example questions to offer or suggest regarding bats, but see what they can come up with themselves. A slew of Internet resources is also provided. Modify the research assignment so it's appropriate for your age level.
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.
Learners work cooperatively in small groups to practice note-taking and outlining skills which are applied as student create unit Study Guides for their classmates. They demonstrate critical thinking skills as they decide the most important points to be included on the Study Guide and create a Study Guide that their classmates will use as they study for a test.
Consider themes common among several works written by a single author. Learners examine the role theme plays in literary works. They use prior knowledge, annotation, and note taking skills in discovering theme. Then they respond to a writing prompt based on the recurring themes.
A note-taking outline is given to learners which covers meat composition and quality, types of meat and storage, and cooking meat. By viewing pictures they learn to identify cuts of meat or poultry products. They discuss inspection and grading of meat and poultry. They perform an experiment with the digestion of protein. If you are looking for a comprehensive lesson on meat, then here it is! Use this in a career exploration unit or health and nutrition course.
Eighth graders complete a KWL chart on the Plains Indians. After watching a video, they state the difference between legends and facts about the importance of the buffalo to Native Americans. They also practice their note-taking skills while watching the video and reflec in their journals.
Delve into the Age of Exploration with a multiple-intelligences research project. Learners generate a rubric and worksheet to guide their studies and research one explorer. There is emphasis on research skills, citing sources, paraphrasing information, and note-taking. They synthesize their findings into a five-page diary entry from their explorer and create a map to show their route. Then, they role-play and interview each of the explorers. There are no attached documents here; they are all intended to be student-created.