Series NEA: Practice, Planning & Collaboration Around the Common Core: Circle Maps

Circle Maps

Lesson Objective: Communicate thinking with a graphic organizer
All Grades / All Subjects / Organizer


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How does this routine activate background knowledge?
  2. Why does Ms. Ugalde include a frame in her circle map?
  3. How can you adapt this strategy for use in different contexts?


  • Private message to George Shenouda
It is a wonderful presentation abou the map circle and discussing about what is the soil and where we can find this information about soil So great to share the students and let them to discuss the previous knowledge .
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  • Private message to connie delaney
Found this video to be consistent with what we are already doing.
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  • Private message to Debra Johnson
I'm moving from Pre-K to K-5 and I will definitely be using circle maps, surrounded by a frame! As a librarian, I appreciate that you asked them WHERE they found the information that they reported to you.
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  • Private message to Rensche Senekal
Nice presentation.
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  • Private message to noemi sandoval
Used the "frame" idea for my lesson and it worked like a charm!
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  • Circle Maps Transcript
    Teacher: Tita Galde

    Teacher [in class]: Next, I'm going to create a circle map with you and our

    Circle Maps Transcript
    Teacher: Tita Galde

    Teacher [in class]: Next, I'm going to create a circle map with you and our topic right now that we're discussing right now is what?

    Students: Soil!

    Teacher [in class]: It is soil.

    Teacher [in interview]: One of the ways we work with our students, to gather information in order to organize their thoughts are with thinking maps. And one of the thinking maps that we use is the circle map.

    Teacher [in class]: And soil goes where?

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    Student: In the middle!

    Teacher [in class]: Yes, in the middle or in the center.

    Teacher [in interview]: It's also called a graphic organizer. The center's the topic, around that what do they know.

    Student: Soil is composed of pieces of rock.

    Teacher [in class]: Crushed rocks.

    Student: Soil is dirt.

    Teacher [in class]: Dirt.

    Student: Soil is rock and water.

    Teacher [in class]: Okay.

    Teacher [in interview]: My circle map - I have a circle within a frame.

    Teacher [in class]: Like a frame, exactly.

    Teacher [in interview]: In art, we always make a frame - and I tell the students that the frame is really what is around what's in the center.

    Teacher [in class]: This area is where did we get information. Where can we get more information about soil? Where did you get information from?

    Student: From you.

    Student: A library book.

    Student: A text.

    Teacher [in interview]: That's again a process of getting them to think where that information comes from because we call that research.

    Teacher [in class]: So, so far our topic is, what?

    Students: Soil!

    Teacher [in class]: You told me what you know about soil and you told me also where you can get information from...

    Teacher [in interview]: Having them gather together and really understand what they know or find out what they know because I want to hold them accountable. To really think and remember that information.

School Details

Amanecer Primary Center
832 South Eastman Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90023
Population: 181

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