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!
- Choose a big idea that everything on your map can link to.
- Plan out and think/talk about how different things can connect or relate to each other.
- Position and move the concepts/ideas/terms around to plan out how they might fit
- Sketch out some short phrases that explain the relationships
- To extend your thinking and to show your expert knowledge, you can add additional terms (concepts/ideas).
- Use illustrations or diagrams to show how much you know.
- 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!!!
HOW TO MAKE A CONCEPT MAP: