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Introduce your researchers to the concept map, a graphic organizer that makes visual the relationships between ideas. Included with the resource are step-by-step directions, a completed template, and links to symbols and notes.
Introduce your class to concept mapping. Inspiration Software provides a template, a completed model, and detailed instructions for how to use this handy graphic organizer.
Concept mapping allows learners to visually display their research. Bring this skill into the 21st century with a lesson demonstrating the educational software program, Inspiration. While the lesson is useful independently, it is really intended to guide learners through the program. Learners use images, text, and hyperlinks, reorganizing as needed. Finally, they use a program to create an oral presentation.
Creating a concept map not only helps learners organize their information, but it's fun, too! Although this resource is designed as a guide to use along with Inspiration® software, you may find the visuals useful on their own. Using the pre-made diagram, explore fantastic research tools with your class including symbols, text, images, hyperlinks, outlining, and even a multimedia presentation manager. An example gives kids a great model of this process.
Students create three dimensional shapes using concept maps. For this geometry lesson, students investigate the impact of mental schemas on humans. They collect data on this topic and plot their data on a coordinate plane.
After reading and discussing examples of personal narratives, groups of young scholars highlight elements of the text that emphasize setting, conflict and private thoughts. Class members then work independently to create a concept map of a scene from their own lives. Next, they write the scene incorporating these elements of narrative writing. Finally, they proceed through stages of the writing process and practice peer revision.
In this concept map worksheet, students learn the steps of creating a concept map to show the relationship between concepts. Students create a concept mapping using the 5 steps.
After reading an article, "Fuels for Everything," collaborative groups create a concept map poster of the transportation and non-transportation fuels. This makes a strong introduction to the different types of fuels used for transportion at and for non-tranportation puposes.
Students prepare for a visit to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In this lesson students create a concept map of money. They discuss the goals of the IMF. Students research countries currently changing into market economies. After visiting the IMF, students write research reports to the board of directors.
In this postulates and theorems learning exercise, students explore a concept map containing information about angles and sides, alternate interior angles, and diagonals of a parallelogram.  They use the concept map to prove theorems dealing angles, diagonals and their relationship with parallelograms.  This five-page learning exercise contains 9 multi-step problems.
Students collaborate in groups to read excerpts or entire selections from two Harry Potter books, use educational software to create concept maps detailing similarities and differences between first two Harry Potter books, and analyze and synthesize information to create multimedia presentations.
Students analyze an interview with the Climate Change Project Jukebox in order to help them undertand how to use a concept map. In this writing and climate change lesson plan, pairs of students log onto the Internet site for Climate Change Project Jukebox and use a concept map to create an understanding of an interview. Students then make connections among each pair's concept maps, creating a large map that entangles all the interviews. 
Young scholars create concept maps in order to assess the information that they have gathered during research. They study the concept map to determine if the research is complete.
Sixth graders use the SQ3R reading strategy to learn about the behavior of light. For this behavior of light lesson, 6th graders read a selection about the behavior of light and use the strategy to complete the reading. Students make a concept map for the reading.
Twelfth graders explore the First Amendment and the rights that are protected by the First Amendment. They discuss how the First Amendment is important to their daily lives. Students research the amendment and complete a concept map.
Seventh graders complete three activities related to collecting data, constructing circle graphs, and examineing how to use circle graphs. They administer a survey to gather data, make a circle graph to display data, and make a concept map related to circle graphs.
Students cut and fold triangles to make quadrilaterals. For this quadrilaterals lesson plan, students also fill out a concept map and graphic organizer that are given.
Seventh graders explore language arts by reading poetry. In this figurative language activity, 7th graders read the poem, "Fog" by Carl Sandburg and analyze the elements of figurative language within the piece. Students complete a concept map using figurative words from the previous activity and participate in a literature card activity.
Students review the concept of populations. In this Biology lesson plan, students will work with a partner to talk through what they remember from the unit on populations. The class will then begin to work through a concept map as a way to organize what was talked about with their partners. This acts as the test review for the Populations Unit Test.
Learners research and write about the pencil. They organize the research using concept maps and write an essay using the writing process.

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