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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.
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.
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 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. Students then make connections among each pair's concept maps, creating a large map that entangles all the interviews.
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.
Young scholars compare and contrast modern-day Turkey with historical Ottoman culture. In this world civilization lesson, students create concept maps that allow them to compare the cultures, discuss leadership qualities, and create travel brochures for Turkey today. In addition, young scholars compose essays about Ottomans and modern Turks and research current news about Turk-American relations.
Sometimes a graphic organizer really helps learners grasp related concepts. On this short and simple worksheet, biology learners complete a concept map that encompasses the history of our understanding of DNA structure as well as the basics of the double helix molecule. Use this when you are teaching the topic, or hand it out as a quick review afterwards.
Students 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 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.
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.