Beginning Sketchnotes for 5th graders

Beginning Sketchnotes for 5th graders

credit: jetpens.com

credit: jetpens.com

I love creating sketchnotes. To get better at sketchnoting takes time, a commitment to routine practice, and willingness to experiment with different styles. I love solving the mystery of how to best convey an idea using graphics. Personally, I struggle with starting a work of art. I have great ideas that seem to float just out of reach before I can put pen to paper, but sketchnotes, so far, have kept me grounded and engaged from start to finish. 

The term "Sketchnote" (visual note taking) was first coined by designer and author Mike Rohde. Mike has written two books on sketchnotes and leads an active community of enthusiasts called the Sketchnote Army

I wanted to show my 5th graders how engaged they can be in visual note-taking when using both sides of the brain; verbal and visual. 

1. I showed examples of basic sketchnote tips for beginners:

2. Showed a few complete sketchnotes like these:

3. Showed An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking from Verbal to Visual with Brad Neil:

 

4. Then I passed out this sheet on sketchnote tips by Carol Anne McQuire from Sylvia Duckworth's blog, eTools for Language Teachers:

5. Students used this sketchnote prompt from the graphicrecorder.com to sketchnote a partial episode of Bob Ross, The Joy of Painting (because we all love Bob Ross):

Here are the results: 

Here is a planned assessment:

1st graders learned how to design a castle using lines

1st graders learned how to design a castle using lines