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Mind maps

15 Mar

For my sixth graders in the topic of Reports and Newspapers (UNIT 2), I used mind maps for 3 main reasons:

  1. It’s a simplified form of summaries.
  2. It’s colorful and entertainment.
  3. There is writing but it doesn’t frighten much that writing a summary.

The specific competencies are: Classify and interpret information about a topic of interest to present a report, and Identify and comprehend the main idea on news reports of interest to the community.

What is a mind map?

It’s a diagram to outline information visual.

For more information: wikipedia and a very cool video How to Make a Mind Map

There are three main components which I liked about the mind maps:

  1. Pictures
  2. Colors
  3. Key words (little writing)
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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in 3rd cycle, 6th grade

 

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4 responses to “Mind maps

  1. Ed To

    March 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Hi: I taught writing using mind maps to help students recognize and outline information on a given subject. When they begin, they think about one word, and they freeze. The mind map helps them be free from order and just explode (hopefully) with information about the one-word-topic they are thinking about. For example they think about writing on the idea of vacations, and they write all the words related to vacation, around the word “vacation”, there is no particular order; you might think it helps if they focus on things they like or dislike about a topic, but this results in a table of likes and dislikes, using the mind map they will come up with many other ideas related to, say, “vacation” as they can. Many times after working with the mind map, students will recognize what they want to say about “vacations”, and then they can do another mind map, more specific now, because their topic just narrowed down. After doing this, most students can come up with the beginning of a story. Many times it is necessary for them to take information from their mind maps and do another version of it, but now focusing on even fewer areas they feel they can work with, they fell strong about. Finally, they can begin writing, but they still have to make choices about where to begin and how to order the information they have chosen to write about.
    To use mind maps for reading to classify and interpret information is to go the other way around.
    I would think that as students read a story, they first would have to come up with the main topic and then dissect all the story into a beginning, middle and end, since now the story has order. So in reality, they can come up with a table rather than a mind map.

     
  2. achulin

    March 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

     

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