During selected Social
Studies units throughout the school year, students take what we call "flowchart"
notes. This note-taking technique has students break the story up into key
parts, write short sentences explaining each part, and then draw pictures that
will help them remember the different parts of the story. Words underlined
in blue are
the chapter's vocabulary words. Here's more
on how to use the flowchart technique in your classroom.
In addition to being
extremely effective with helping students retain the information presented
in class, I have found flowchart notes to be very popular with my students.
The technique actually gets students excited about taking notes! Just
think about it. It asks students to do what most of them are already
wanting to do -- draw.
Below are examples
of some of the flowcharts we have created over the past couple of years. I hope
you find them helpful.
Click on a scene of a flowchart below
to view a magnified image of that scene.
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"Christopher Columbus and the
"Hernando Cortes and the Aztec"
"The Spanish Build an Empire"
"The Virginia Colony"
"The Pilgrims Come to Plymouth"
"The French and Indian War"
"A New British Policy"
"The Revolution Begins"