Microscope Doodle Notes

Using the microscope is a skill every biology student should have. This bundle gives you the tools to teach basic microscopy to your students using doodle notes and a basic microscope lab.

Topics covered are:

  • Focusing a microscope
  • Preparing and staining a slide
  • Biological drawings
  • Calculating specimen size
  • Calculating drawing magnification

What are Doodle Notes?

Doodle notes are a visual note-taking strategy that encourages students to draw, doodle, color, and embellish their in-class notes to increase content retention. Giving students permission to doodle as they listen and learn in class helps to keep them engaged in the lesson and improves overall focus.

In addition, doodling while note-taking activates both the left and right hemisphere of the brain simultaneously allowing for more cross-talk between the two hemispheres. The result? Improved retention of concepts taught in class! Not only will your students learn MORE by using doodle notes, they will enjoy making them because they can be creative. The notes become a point of pride for students as they color and personalize the content on each page to make it more meaningful to them.

How do I use doodle notes?

  • Project the notes using a document camera or onto the whiteboard and fill them in with your class while talking through the information.
  • Use them with a regular PowerPoint lesson and let students fill in the notes as they view the PowerPoint.
  • Have students read the material from a source and fill in their doodle notes on their own.
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  • Microscope-Doodle-Notes.pdf

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Created: Feb 21, 2019

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