The Distributive Property Doodle Notes
Distributive Property (concept & practice): "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.
- concept of distributing (based on doubling, tripling a recipe and how it applies to each ingredient)
- definition of the distributive property
- distributing a negative
- practice applying the property without any variables
- how to distribute with variables
- simplifying and combining like terms to write distributed expression in simplest form
- higher level practice with variables
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!
4 pages are included, plus answer keys, samples, and info.
Reviews from other teachers:
-I got this specifically for some virtual students that really needed some paper assignments. They were able to print these at home and really enjoyed having something tactile.
-Used this in summer school to review concepts as students will be moving into Algebra next year. Great resource students were actively engaged and enjoyed to activity. Thank you for creating.
-I have used this resource during distance learning both on paper and as a digital file. My students all chose to print the file and fill it in by hand on real paper. However, I used it in the digital form to project during a live meeting, and filled it in using my document camera from home!! Students really enjoy all of Math Giraffe's Doodle Notes, because they are a departure from their usual school work. We were not originally allowed to meet our students online, so I recorded a video of myself filling out the pages and talking through my thinking to share with students. So Doodle Notes worked well for both live online classes and assigning them to students as homework along with the video. They sent back photos of their notes when completed.
-My students loved the way they could engage instead of just taking regular notes. The examples were great and they used them to help with their practice problems.
-This is a great resource! Information is easily understood. The graphics are awesome. I used this to make interactive notebooks with my sped MS math class. My students really enjoyed coloring the pictures and cutting them out!