Friday, July 26, 2019

NGSS Doodle Note Glossary for Middle School

Doodle and Define Notes were created to supplement your existing NGSS lessons and activities. REAL learning happens when students pose questions, plan investigations, develop models, gather and make sense of information, analyze and interpret!  BUT... Let’s be REAL folks.  Using class time to engage students in 3-dimensional learning leaves little time for reinforcement, remediation and extra practice.   So much learning happens when students wrestle through science problems, but what happens when a child is absent or just really struggling to keep pace?

 Enter DOODLE NOTES! This set of doodle notes reviews (not teaches) ESSENTIAL vocabulary for each of the middle school Next Generation Science Standards.   They are designed to reinforce the science students are doing during class while providing memory triggers using visuals and examples. 

Each doodle page includes the related standard at the top.  This means that the vocab on the page SUPPORTS the standard, but it is not intended to teach the standard.  If you are like me, I sometimes spend more time exploring one topic than another.  Providing doodle notes as a supporting visual tool gives students much-needed reinforcement, since we may have only done one experiment or model to address the concept during class!

What are teachers saying about doodle and define notes?

I have been using these with my sixth and seventh graders and they love this version of notes. There's just the right balance of information provided and things for them to do on their own. I can't wait for the life science notes to use with my eighth graders! Thanks for all the hard work! - Jodie

These will be a great addition to my curriculum. Love giving my more artistic kiddos something they can enjoy. I think vocab work that allows all students to be creative is much more meaningful. Really appreciate that they are grouped by NGSS! -Deanna

This was an awesome way to change-up how we did notes! - Emily

Which ones do you need for YOUR class?  Some teachers like to pick and choose the notes for the topics they teach.  While you cannot purchase just one page (they flow together), you can purchase one section.  For example, you may just want the Life Science 2 section.  This includes all the standards that relate to Ecosystems.  Other teachers prefer to own the entire set of all the NGSS doodle notes, or to bundle all the Life Science notes together. Teachers who teach 6, 7 and 8th can create an NGSS glossary for their students to complete over the course of 3 years!  For help with selecting just what works for you, here is a PDF with clickable links so that you can find the standards that you need easily: 

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Note: In addition to bundle discounts, school district license pricing is available upon request.  Please contact Kate and 

Want to try a sample page?  The NGSS Doodle and Define Notes contain over 150 unique, standards-based doodle note pages.  Here are two free sample pages. (Click link to get pdf to print and use with your class.) 

Note: The current set of NGSS doodle pages includes all of the life science, physical science and earth and space science topics.  I plan to work on the engineering and design pages next and they will be added free of charge for those who purchase the entire middle school NGSS bundle!

Stay tuned for some tips on using doodle notes in your classroom.  I plan to post soon about how to engage (even the most reluctant) students in the doodle learning process!

Keep Calm and Doodle On!


Monday, February 25, 2019

MSLS2 Doodle and Define Updates!

The NGSS Doodle and Define set now has over 100 pages of visual vocabulary to help support your three-dimensional teaching.  This month we added the MSLS2 standard and the bundle continues to grow!  Check out the latest pages!

Doodle and Define for standard MSLS2

Get the GROWING SET of over 100 doodle and define pages!

If you happen to be shopping on 2/26/19 or 2/27/19 be sure to use code:  TICKTOCK at checkout! It will give you an even bigger discount than the already reduced bundle.


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