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Concept Map

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Concept Map

Grades 3 – 8
Printout Type Graphic Organizer



This concept map can be used in a variety of ways to show relationships between words and phrases. Students can add arrows as needed and group certain ideas together.

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Understanding relationships is an essential part of synthesis and comprehension. This concept web can be used for any topic or content area. Students can show relationships between vocabulary words, characters in a story, science concepts, or events in history. Arrows can be added as needed and related words or ideas can be boxed together. Students can generate the words themselves, or you can provide them with the words and ask them to place the words appropriately in the concept map. Try using your weekly vocabulary or spelling words. Concept maps are a great activity for students to work with partners or in small groups. Students can present their maps to the class and explain the how and why they placed each word and the relationships between them.


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  • Use a concept map at the beginning of a new unit to assess studentsí prior knowledge. Give students a list of vocabulary words or concepts from the unit and ask them to place them on the concept map. At the end of the unit, repeat the activity and compare the two maps.

  • Use a concept map as a writing graphic organizer. Once the concept map is complete, have students box off related groups and have them turn each box into a paragraph.

  • Use a concept map to show ideas and relationships about a character in a novel. Students can draw a picture of the character in the middle and then complete the concept map. Students can compare and contrast their concept maps with other students and discuss their different ideas about the same character.

  • Use a concept map throughout a unit and have students place each vocabulary word or concept as they go. For example, when working on a science or math unit, as each new vocabulary word is introduced, ask student to take out their concept maps and place the word in the appropriate spot. Discuss why students chose that particular place.


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Circle Plot Diagram

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Circle Plot Diagram

The Circle Plot Diagram can be used as a prewriting graphic organizer for students writing original stories with a circular plot structure as well as a postreading organizer used to explore the text structures in a book.


Story Map

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.