Using mind maps as a teaching, learning and assessment tool: water and the water cycle
Mind maps are visual aids that assist students in understanding the relationship between different ideas. Using mind maps in the elementary science classroom can help your students make sense of scientific ideas by focusing on the ways they might be grouped and connected. As such, they provide an excellent means of reviewing and consolidating existing knowledge, while allowing for such learning to be extended by adding new concepts. They are particularly appealing to predominantly visual learners (see TDU 3, Using explanations as a teaching strategy: life processes), but all students can benefit from their use.
Mind maps enable students to communicate their ideas quickly and concisely in diagrammatic form. They allow teachers to monitor and assess their students’ understanding more efficiently so that they can address any of their misconceptions. This means that mind maps can be used for both learning and assessment purposes.
In this unit, you will be encouraged to develop your own skill in using mind maps before exploring their use in the elementary classroom. You will plan activities that will enable your students to develop simple mind maps that they can use to explore the properties of water.
After studying this unit, you should be able to:
use mind maps as a teaching, learning and assessment tool