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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.
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.
Students encounter concept maps for reviewing evolution. Concept maps provides an alternative method of interacting with the information and a forum for asking questions about vocabulary, concepts and interrelationships. A quiz is followed to be filled out at the enc of each map.
How is it that water that falls as rain ends up coming out of the tap on our sinks? Learners trace water's journey and examine how along the way pollutants make their way into the water supply. They conduct experiments, use the Internet to research questions, and draw a concept map. The third in a series of water quality lessons for second graders.
After reading and discussing examples of personal narratives, groups of students 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.
Students investigate the biodiversity in estuaries. In this estuary lesson plan, students use Google Earth to explore the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. They produce a biodiversity concept map and portray the life of a plant and an animal in an estuary by producing a poster.
Stretch the brains of your organic chemists with this amazing concept map. A list of 31 organic molecules is provided on one page, and a graphic organizer with empty boxes for each is provided on the second page. Unfortunately the photocopy of the concept map is not the most crisp, but the value of this exercise is not diluted.
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 worksheet, 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 worksheet contains 9 multi-step problems.
Composting is a fascinating process. In this science lesson, 3rd graders go to the computer lab and view a slideshow on composting, then work in groups to complete a concept map on the topic they were assigned. The internet links and blackline masters needed to complete the lesson are included.