Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy

Free Concept Web PracticeSince 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.

Using Concept Webs help students organize information.

Why use a Concept Web?

A concept web helps learners in many ways:

  • brainstorming to form new ideas

  • connect information

  • identify and understand subject matter

  • better retention of the material

  • generalize information by making connections

  • communicate information to others

  • integrate new concepts to details already know

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:

  • Hatchet Concept Web and Answer Key
  • a short article from Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans — This article explains the circumstances Francis Scott Key was in when he wrote the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
  • Ten Interesting Facts about The Star-Spangled Banner
  • lyrics
  • “Star-Spangled Banner” Concept Web and Answer Key



Free Concept Web Printables

Gay Miller

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