Fractions Doodle Notes
Simplest Form and Equivalent Fractions, Comparing & Ordering Fractions: visual, interactive "doodle notes" -
When students color or doodle in math class, it activates both hemispheres of the brain at the same time. There are proven benefits of this cross-lateral brain activity:
- new learning
- relaxation (less math anxiety)
- visual connections
- better memory & retention of the content!
Students fill in the sheets, answer the questions, and color, doodle or embellish. Then, they can use it as a study guide later on.
- What is a fraction?
- Writing a fraction in simplest form using GCF
- Equivalent Fractions
- Models for Equivalent Fractions
- Finding a Common Denominator
- LCD (Lowest Common Denominator) for comparing & ordering
- Models for comparing fractions
- Practice & Examples
Check out the preview images for more detail about this item and the research behind it.
Visual note-taking strategies like sketch notes or doodle notes are based on dual coding theory. When we can blend the text input with graphic/visual input, the student brain processes the information differently and can more easily convert the new learning into long-term memory.
This strategy also integrates the left and right hemispheres of the brain to increase focus, learning, and retention!
1 page is included, plus an answer key, sample, and info.
Reviews from other teachers:
-We used this as a "review" and added it to our math journals. Fun to use & students enjoyed adding color when we finished.
-Big hit in my classroom! Students loved following along with the notes and personalizing them! Memorable lesson for them for sure! Thank you!
-My 5th grade students love doodle notes! This is a great review of fractions which we completed as a guided activity. Students then placed these in their interactive notebooks for future reference.
-I used these notes as a review for my 9th graders. Fractions always seem to be difficult for students to remember how they work. I like the doodle notes way of doing notes. Students don't feel rushed to write every word on a Power Point.
-My students love taking notes on these sheets - easy to use, easy to align with our standards, and they make a great reference in their math notebooks. My doodlers also enjoy going back later to color in the "doodles" when they finish a problem early, etc. so it also helps with classroom management!
-Each year my class makes an interactive notebook. These are great pages to work on then glue into our book. I had 7th graders come this year to tell me that was the only notebook they held on to and have referred back to it this fall as a refresher