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Amanda Grindstaff
Venn Diagrams/Tree Maps
Fri Sep 18, 2015 03:37

Melanie and Joanne,
I use Venn Diagrams every year in multiple situations. We are beginning the Common Core Unit Tell a Story 1,2,3. In this unit we compare versions of stories such as the three little pigs, the three ninja pigs and a real book on pigs. I always try to find different ways to compare and contrast information. We also use KWL charts. I know thats an easy one but for kindergarten it seems to be understandable. We are currently preparing for a trip to the apple orchard and we will use the KWL to tell what we know about apples. It tends to excite them about our upcoming trip and give them some things to look for and listen for on our trip. Circle Maps or Bubble Maps are also one we use quite often. We take different community jobs, for example: police officer, write it in the middle of the circle and tell words that would describe this person or job. The kids really seem to latch onto this idea. I signed up for poppet and I think it is excellent! I would love to have a full on subscription!! I think it is a great place to organize your thoughts and would work excellent especially for older students. We are going to try the poppet in my classroom to talk about apples!! Thanks Melanie for the suggestion!

  • Venn Diagrams/Tree Maps - Melanie McLeod, Thu Sep 17 19:27
    Hi, Joanne: I have used the Venn Diagram organizer quite consistently with my students for comparisons, as well. Within our reading series, we have compared the animal fantasy fiction pieces with... more
    • G.O. - abramsjm, Sat Sep 19 09:38
      Hi Melanie and Amanda, I have not tried the Popplet App but I appreciate the information and will plan on getting familiar with it soon. I like your Tree Map idea for your first grade students and... more
      • Graphic Organizers - Martha Brown, Sun Sep 20 23:19
        I have never tried graphic organizers with pre-school children, but after reading the material and some of the ideas you all have shared, I look forward to the opportunity to try this. Using story... more
        • Re: Graphic Organizers - brittanyavery, Tue Sep 22 20:29
          Martha, something you might consider doing with pre-school is making a Venn diagram with hula hoops. I did this last year with my first graders. I had them write things on sticky notes and put the... more
          • G.O. - joanneabrams, Wed Sep 23 20:17
            I love the hoola hoop idea...what a great idea for K-1 learners. This strategy is so concrete and explicit. I am excited to try this with my students. I guess you could use mini-rings as well, they... more
        • Re:G.O. - joanneabrams, Mon Sep 21 20:05
          Yes, I agree Martha, drawing first is the initial step to showing comprehension of a story and sequencing is the way to do it. I usually have a three block frame on top and lines underneath so they... more
          • Re:G.O. - Martha Brown, Wed Sep 23 21:35
            Thank you for this idea. It is really beneficial for the pre-school children to understand the beginning, middle, and end of stories with recall. This will help them with comprehension and... more
      • RAN Chart & Sequencing - Melanie McLeod, Sat Sep 19 10:56
        Joanne: I have always used KWL charts for nonfiction literature, as well. However, I am using the R.A.N. chart (Reading Analysis of Nonfiction) that Dr. Greene shared with us during her literature... more
        • Re: RAN & Seq. - abramsjm, Sat Sep 19 15:15
          Thank you for that great information. I will try some of these ideas. The Popplet App sounds particularly interesting so I'll let you know how it goes! I know from my own experiences as a learner... more
    • Venn Diagrams/Tree Maps - Amanda Grindstaff, Fri Sep 18 03:37
      • Re: Venn Diagrams/Tree Maps - brittanyavery, Thu Sep 24 16:14
        This is the first year I've used the Common Core Curriculum Maps, and we have been using Venn diagrams as well. This week we've been to comparing two different grandpas from two different stories... more
      • Venn Diagrams and Tree Maps - Regina, Mon Sep 21 20:28
        Ladies, I have the Popplet App on my student's iPad, but I have never used it. After reading your posts, I need to try it out and let my students explore the app. I also use many graphic organizers... more
        • Re: Venn Diagrams and Tree Maps - amanda grindstaff, Sun Sep 27 13:48
          You might try webspiration or too. I tried both those with this assignment and they are fairly simple to use.
          • Graphic organizers - Martha Brown, Sun Sep 27 23:32
            I liked the Webspiration as well. The creately looked like it would also be user friendly, however I did not use it for the assignment.
          • Venn Diagrams and Tree Maps (nm) - Regina, Sun Sep 27 20:32
            • Venn Diagrams and Tree Maps - Regina, Sun Sep 27 20:39
              Amanda, thank you for those suggestions! I have checked out both and I really like the I would have used it on the graphic organizer project.
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