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    Atoms Cornell Notes LP

    Atoms Cornell Notes LP


    Introduce students to atoms with an engaging Google Slides and Cornell Notes activity.


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    In this lesson, students create Cornell Notes regarding the basics of matter and atoms.

    With prior knowledge of Pages or Google Docs and Cornell Notes, this lesson can be completed in one class period.

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    Background for Teachers

    • To teach this lesson, you will need a basic understanding of matter and atoms.
    • You will need knowledge about key vocabulary before teaching this lesson: protonneutronelectron, matteratommass
    • The following resources can help you teach this topic...

    Student Prior Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of what an atom is. Because this is an introductory lesson, additional prior knowledge may be quite limited.

    Student Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

    Learning Intentions:

    • I can understand what atoms are and how they can be combined to make molecules.
    • I will be able to actively participate and listen to the Intro to Atoms Slides.
    • I will be able to create Cornell notes based on the Google Slides using Pages or Google Docs.

    Success Criteria:

    I know I am successful when I have:

    • explained what atoms are and how they can be combined to make molecules.
    • actively participated in and listened to the Intro to Atoms Slides
    • created Cornell notes based on the Google Slides using Pages or Google Docs.


    Assessment Plan

    Assessment - Frequent checks for understanding and think-pair-share prior to class discussion, in addition to the use of the rubric to assess Cornell notes when finished.