Fourth Grade Digital Sketchnotes

bison sketchnotes

The fourth graders just completed a unit on creating digital sketchnotes as a technique to help them document and recall things they are learning. They used a story from their reading textbook called “The Bison of Caprock Canyons” to practice this skill. Using the FlipInk app on their iPads, they created a sketchnote that shared important ideas that they had learned in the story. (Sadly, the FlipInk app is not currently available on the iTunes app store.)

Here are the sketchnotes that the students created. (A few may have not been finished or saved and may be missing.) Click on any note to see it full screen.

Fourth graders, please leave a comment of 2 or 3 sentences. Tell about what you learned about creating sketchnotes, how sketchnotes might help you with your learning, and what you liked or didn’t like about this activity.





  1. Jayda says:

    I think it was fun , but some parts were confusing

  2. Preston says:

    I didn’t like this project because it took too long. I remember stuff better when I don’t do this.

  3. Malik says:

    I like it but some parts were confusing

  4. JULIE says:

    I liked the unit because it allowed me to remember details of the book better I usually would not remember. I did not like that I had to write a lot, but drawing the pictures was kind of fun.

  5. Emma Jean says:

    love the activity i think it would be a little hard but love it so proud of myself.
    I think the activity was fun and interesting to all people.

  6. Kaylyn says:

    One thing that I liked about it is what is on your mind you can draw or write.One thing I don’t like is when we had to write it out of our reading book not from the top of our heads.

  7. Jacob says:

    what I like about this activity is that you get to tell other people facts that you found and some people might not know about the fun facts that you find

  8. Gabrielle says:

    In our sketch notes unit, I learned that sketch notes can help you remember what you are sketchnoting noting about. That is another reason why it might help kids learn better. I liked how you could express how you felt about bison and it is something I would like to do again.

  9. Kaitlin says:

    One thing I didn’t like was sometimes if you hit something you might lose your sketchnote. One thing I did like was you could draw and write about anything in the story.

  10. Jordan says:

    For me it was ok because it was hard and easy at the same time. It was fun because
    we got to make a back ground of the story.I think this assignment was also confusing
    because this was my first time doing this activity.

  11. Jackson says:

    I liked the activity. Manily because we got to draw a bison. I also liked writing. I had lots of fun.

  12. Joshua says:

    I liked doing Sketchnote because I think it is a good thing to use for remembering important details from a certain selection. The one thing I didn’t like was there was not enough space for drawing.

  13. Emmanuel says:

    I liked the pictures and the details of this unit. This unit was amazing! The bison one was really fun. Thank you Mrs. Bosch.

  14. Scarlett says:

    I liked skechnote because it helped me see learning in a new way.I didn’t like skechnote because I had a expiation for what I wanted to draw,but in reality that does not happen all the time.

  15. Jada says:

    One thing I liked about this project was typing and coloring. Something I did not like was writing the words with pencil.

  16. Avery says:

    One thing that I liked was that you could draw funny pictures plus I like drawing.There was one thing that was hard for me was that you had to find the information in the book I couldn’t seem to find the information

  17. Anne-Fleur;) says:

    What I liked about making sketch notes was using all kinds of different things. It was fun to do research on the facts in the story, and then draw them. I loved this session, but it was tricky.

  18. Jaylan says:

    The think that I did not like about sketchnotes is sending it to dropbox. It was very confusing because it did not show up when I wanted it to. The think I did like about sketchnotes is the drawing part because I like drawing the map and the bison.

  19. Anna says:

    I liked it because it was drawing and i like drawing.
    I disliked it because you had to color it and i don’t like to color.

  20. Julius says:

    It was ok, but it was also long and boring.

  21. JustinB. says:

    I liked it ,but it was tricky and fun.

  22. Hope says:

    what i liked about sketch notes was that it helped me to remember what i read. i think that everyone should try this!!!!! its so much fun and so easy to use

  23. Charles says:

    It was fun but it was very confusing and there was not much space either

  24. Matthew says:

    i like when got draw the stuff in the story .i did not like you could not draw really draw at the bottom of the page

  25. korinne says:

    I didn’t like it very much it was not as fun like i hopped it would be.

  26. camari says:

    I thought sketch notes was pretty fun

  27. chloe says:

    I thought it was fun because I could draw. The only thing I didn’t like about it was sending it to drop box because it was a little hard.

  28. Robert says:

    I think it was fun because i like animals and animal facts what will Ms. bosh think of next.(ps) AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  29. ryan says:

    I liked doing it because I was able to draw and not just write anything and I had fun doing. It was AWESOME!

  30. Josee says:

    I liked it because I got to draw,and be creative with a computer. I think it was not hard because in my opinion I am a good drawer. But I have never drawn a buffalo before.

  31. Chloe says:

    It was fun , but it was tricky when you had to draw the pictures. It was a little bit better when you could write some facts about the story. That was my favorite part of this activity.

  32. Alexandra says:

    What I Liked about sketch notes was that you could draw stuff yourself. It was AAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGG because it was fun. But it was tricky

  33. Parker says:

    I thought it was very fun I loved this project. I liked how we could have options like watercolor big marker crayon all those things. 1 thing I didn’t really like though is the way things kept disappearing. This was a very fun project!

  34. Sophia says:

    I thought doing sketch notes was fun. I liked drawing the pictures and then coloring them in. And I liked reading the stories.

  35. peter says:

    I learned that you do not have to draw perfect to do sketch notes . I loved sketch notes because we got to draw.

  36. Laurice says:

    What I liked about the sketch notes was that we could draw bison but it was really hard drawing the bison. It was awesome Because you can draw different things and I would like to do more sketch notes.

  37. Justin says:

    I like it it help me remembering stuff that you learn but it does not have a lot of space for writing and drawing .

  38. Will says:

    I think it was lots of fun and helped me think more about the book!

  39. Kennedy says:

    I like Skech note because it is a website where you can share ideas. But it is a little tricky. But it is a great kid app

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