Teacher Lesson Plan
This activity is aligned to NCTM Standards - Grades 6-8: Communication
and to California Mathematics Standards Grade 7: Mathematical Reasoning #1.1
Cornell Note-taking Form
Taking good notes is a skill that can help students in their academic studies. One method that has been found effective is the Cornell Note-taking Method. Provide the students these simple directions:
There may be times when students are listening to or reading information rather than problem solving. In these cases:
- Fold a sheet of notebook paper horizontally in a 1:2 ratio.
- On the left of the horizontal fold (or line if they wish to darken it in) mathematics
students work out their calculations.
- On the right of the horizontal fold or line students record their thinking. They explain
- On the left of the horizontal fold or line, write the key words (vocabulary) of the given information. Also write any questions.
- On the right of the horizontal fold or line, write the key points of the given information.
Sample topics that could be used for students to practice their note-taking skills:
- How to make a graph/chart using Claris Works.
- The steps to take in collecting accurate data for a survey.
- How to find percentages.
- How to convert fractions to decimals to percentages and vice versa.
Links to Other Sites
The following sites have more general information on Cornell Note-taking:
Example - Cornell Note-Taking Format
Bucks County Community College
Taking Lecture and Class Notes
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