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Semantic Maps

Semantic Maps are a visual way to organize information. The large concept is placed in the middle and surrounded by details or related items. By mapping the idea, students can visually organize prior knowledge along with new information. It can be done prior to a lesson, within the context, or as a summative at the end.

Semantic maps draw the relationship between large concepts and the related items being organized. It is a teaching strategy that usually the teacher would model first on large chart paper or a whiteboard/ smartboard. Through a guided practice, students can learn this technique to use for their needs such as prewriting or organizing information from a story read. 

LessonPix allows users to create a simple semantic map with a main concept and three to eight related items. These can be generated as a clean pictural map from the students' ideas, as a reference for a lesson, or visual support for differentiated learning.

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Semantic maps can be used in teaching vocabulary, as a prewriting task, organize information,