To review what we’ve learned (or not learned well) in our study of earthquakes this month, division four earthquake experts are working on a concept map. Concept maps are totally awesome for the following reasons:

  • they show very clearly how much we know about something
  • they show our thinking: can we make connections between things we know about
  • they are creative: we can show very insightful and creative ways of linking ideas
  • they are visual: we can use text and graphics and illustration to show our thinking about what we think we know
  • most importantly… they are a simple and really effective way to take notes or write down information that you want to learn — why? Because this activity requires you to think about something, and the more you think about something, the more it gets committed to your long-term memory. When something is remembered, it now becomes something you know!



  1. Choose a big idea that everything on your map can link to.
  2. Plan out and think/talk about how different things can connect or relate to each other.
  3. Position and move the concepts/ideas/terms around to plan out how they might fit
  4. Sketch out some short phrases that explain the relationships
  5. To extend your thinking and to show your expert knowledge, you can add additional terms (concepts/ideas).
  6. Use illustrations or diagrams to show how much you know.
  7. If you’re unsure how to link something, go back and check your notes or research materials to review it – knowing what you don’t know is just as important as knowing what you know!!!



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