Teachers know that graphic organizers are powerful ways to help students understand complex ideas. Drawings and diagrams engage visual learners; they show relationships, clarify concepts, and facilitate communication.
You’re probably familiar with the Venn diagram, or “double bubble chart.” Research has shown that identifying similarities and differences is perhaps the single most powerful strategy for student learning.
But comparing two items — whether animals, countries, or literary characters — is only the beginning. By adapting and building on the simple double bubble chart, you can diagram classification systems that encourage students to recognize complex relationships between items and characteristics. This article will show you how. Read on