You may or may not have noticed I created a page called “Easy Access.” I decided to put all of my graphic organizers and handouts in one place, organized by subject/topic.
I will be updating it regularly, as I post new handouts and notes.
As always, please feel free to use these and let me know how they are working (or not working) for you.
My 7th grade inclusion science class is studying the six land biomes. As they read with small groups, they completed an outline the teacher had made for them. I used that information to create some review sheets for the quiz this Friday. The notes have simplified wording, diagrams, and photographs.
I was able to quickly make these handouts on my iPad with an app called iDraw. It is $8.99 and worth every penny. You can easily pull in photos from the internet and position them wherever you want (much faster than using Word).
You can save the files as PDFs or images and straight to Dropbox or your photos. This is how I’ve been designing all of my handouts lately and each time I use it I get a little quicker with it. (Actually, Tweedle Dee plays with it from time to time and she has taught me some tricks.) I posted the PDF versions below if you would like to use them.
My Resource Room students have been reading several short stories in our literature book and I have been teaching/reviewing story elements and conflict.
These are the notes they pasted in their journal and what we will reference each time we discuss these ideas throughout the year. I try to always come back to the same notes/handouts each time we work on a concept. I think the repetition and consistency helps with their retention and association.
Now before you laugh at my artwork, which I honestly don’t think is that awful, there is something to be said about teacher created artwork…especially if you can laugh at it. Kids remember these drawings. These are not stock clip-art images. These are never-seen-before renderings. They are real and they are authentic. These pictures also increase my credibility with my students.
A student once told me in reference to a similar handout, “Geez…you MADE this for us? In your free time? You really work way too hard.”
In addition to these notes, students have been completing these graphic organizers as well. The first few times we use this organizer, I will model for them and provide more guided notes. Eventually, I’d like to see them fill it out independently.
Please feel free to download these for you classroom.