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Learn how to distinguish between curriculum and instruction. Utilize concept mapping strategies to organize a philosophy of elementary social studies education. Your class will be able to explain the process they underwent to organize their information and to identify their categorical headings.
Students explore the adaptations that birds have.  In this adaptations lesson students view a video and create a concept map of birds and their adaptive traits.
Here is a good cross-curricular lesson requiring middle schoolers to read about Egypt and determine main ideas, make connections, check understanding, draw inferences, and ask clarifying questions. It includes activities like an online scavenger hunt, concept mapping, and a learning frame. Each of these instructional strategies deepens reflection, recall, and understanding. Related documents and websites are included.
Students examine what it was like to enter the U.S. as an immigrant. They conduct Internet research, develop a concept map, list the ways children occupied their time while at Ellis Island, and create a diorama.
Tenth graders review the Energy, Matter, and Organization unit. They have one week to complete an essay. Students must submit a concept map or drawing. The activity is introduces by reading a short story line which presents a simple problem or task to do.
Ninth graders research the causes of the major genocides of the 20th century. They participate in a jigsaw activity and complete a concept map of different genocides, watch and discuss excerpts from the movies "Hotel Rwanda," "The Killing Fields," and "The Armenian Genocide," and answer discussion questions.
Learners 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, 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. Learners then make connections among each pair's concept maps, creating a large map that entangles all the interviews. 
Learners 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.
Eleventh graders examine the challenges that faced United States as a new nation.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders study the chronology of events leading up to the expedition of Lewis and Clark.  Students organize information using concept maps. 
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.
Students explore recent changes in the Artic's climate that have been observed by Artic residents. They watch videos, take notes and create a concept map. They also look at historical weather data from a specific Artic community. The area they are studing is Sachs Harbor. One of the items students create is a line graph of temperatures recorded in the Sachs Harbor area.
Young scholars investigate the apparent causes of the industrial revolution in the state of Maine. They read a text provided by the teacher. Then students use a concept map to organize information. The core of the discussion and research is looking for cause and effect relationships.
Students explore earth science through concept mapping, discussion, and self-discovery.
Students practice summarization in order to increase their comprehension of non-fiction text. They read and summarize passages by finding the main ideas in passages from a Social Studies textbook. After silently reading the passage they write summary maps placing the main idea in the center of the paper. As an assessment, they hand in the concept maps.
Students explore self-discipline. In this character education lesson plan, students define and give examples of discipline and self-discipline. Students work with a group to complete a related concept map.
Young scholars research and define an atom using a concept map. They design and create a model of an atom, labelling all the parts, and write a journal entry.
Students study ethnic discrimination. In this discrimination lesson, students define ethnicity and ethnic discrimination in the global community as well as steps against it. Students examine their own ethnic backgrounds and examine the causes and impacts of ethnic conflict. Students are assessed with a journal activity, a poetry activity, a case study concept map, and an exhibit or portfolio.
Fifth graders explore language arts by utilizing a concept map. In this figurative language lesson, 5th graders review a list of idioms and participate in a game of charades using them. Students view a vocabulary concept map and practice finding similar words to match words from the concept map.
Sixth graders are introduced to waves through a concept map scavenger hunt.
Students review the characteristics of various characters in fairytales. As a class, they review the story details and create a concept map using a software program. They create their own wanted poster of the villians in the fairytale to share with the class.