Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Cells: Discovery! - Section 4: Concept Map Planning


This was the first time I have used concept mapping as an instructional practice.  I got the idea from the book Learning in the Fast Lane,  by Suzy Pepper Rollins.  This book is about accelerating students who are behind.  In the book she describes eight strategies to move students forward.

One of them is to use concept maps to make connections and show transfer between different parts of the class.  While I have always strived to make a "story line" for kids, I've never been this explicit about it.  It felt right to me to do this, but I haven't figured out yet how to test whether it is helping students hold on to information.  My next step may be to bring a couple of students to the concept map and see if they can explain it to me.  This would let me know what level of understanding the students are getting and whether it is an effective teaching strategy.  

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Cells: Discovery!

Unit 3: Life is Organized: Cells
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to use the information and vocabulary they are exploring to make connections.

Big Idea: Students will get to ask questions about the cell, design a concept map to plan the unit of study, and get the basic vocab of this bundle.

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