Since the human brain processes visuals much faster than text, using concept webs is an important learning strategy for students.
What is a Concept Web?
Concept webs are visual diagrams that connect abstract ideas. Students use these to connect prior knowledge and experiences to new information.
To create a concept web, draw a central circle. Inside this circle, write a general question. Main ideas may also be used. Draw connecting lines from the main concept to related ideas that radiate from this circle.
When to Use Concept Webs
A concept web may be used for many purposes. Lessons that introduce a subject of study to even studying for an exam work well. Any time learners need to define thoughts, concept webs may be used.
Concept webs are a great way for students to prove understanding of a topic. In the example below, the concept web summarizes the ways Brian Robeson was able to survive in the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
Why use a Concept Web?
A concept web helps learners in many ways:
Give Concept Webs a Try
In this free download, I have included two examples. First is the Hatchet example from the post. “The Star-Spangled Banner” concept web teaching students about our national anthem. The handout contains the following: