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Ideaphora Lesson Plans

Cause and Effect – Science Lesson

Introduction: When children are outside they see different geological features. They may not know how these features and landscapes were created. This lesson will explore why erosion happens and the effects.

Objectives:
• Students will access the Ideaphora platform with public resources and use the Cause and Effect template to organize the causes and effects of different types of erosion.
• Students will develop reading comprehension skills by identifying cause and effect relationships from internet resources.
• Students will enhance listening and oral presentation skills through presentation of their completed concept map.
• Students will identify and interpret cause and effect relationships of peers’ original works.

Compare and Contrast – US History Lesson

Introduction: This lesson takes a closer look at the struggles that African Americans faced between 1865 and 1968 in the United States. The Civil War had ended and the Thirteenth Amendment declared slavery illegal in the United States. Even though slavery was illegal, African Americans were still not given equal rights.

Objectives:
• Students will access the Ideaphora platform and templates to organize similarities and differences between daily lives of African Americans during the Reconstruction Era and The Civil Rights Movement.
• The students will demonstrate compare and contrast strategy by visually representing the information on a concept map.
• The students will build their understanding through whole group discussions and Internet resources.
• The students will develop the skill to apply compare and contrast reasoning to other subject matter in subsequent lessons.

Examples of Student Work

  • Mike Jones’ Class- Bloomington Public School District 87

  • Mike Jones’ Class- Bloomington Public School District 87

  • Mike Jones’ Class- Bloomington Public School District 87

  • Mike Jones’ Class- Bloomington Public School District 87

  • Mike Jones’ Class- Bloomington Public School District 87

  • Kayley Bowie’s Class- Crestomere School

  • Kayley Bowie’s Class- Crestomere School

  • Kayley Bowie’s Class- Crestomere School

  • Kayley Bowie’s Class- Crestomere School

  • Kayley Bowie’s Class- Crestomere School

  • Christie Collins’ 2nd Grade Class- Wise Primary School

  • Christie Collins’ 2nd Grade Class- Wise Primary School

What Teachers Are Saying

“Ideaphora helped my students solidify their understanding of important vocabulary. Students were asking questions, learning new words, and clarifying prior knowledge. It’s a great way for students to study and review key concepts.”

– Kayley Bowie, middle school teacher, Crestomere School, Alberta

“The Ideaphora environment has given us a way to make student’s thinking visible. It is easy for students to get started, derive meaning and construct personalized knowledge in a visual way. The environment allows for easy self-assessment and reflection by the students. Then, once submitted, allows me to quickly assess their understanding.”

— Mike Jones –STEM Instructor & Technology Coach, SD 87, Bloomington, Illinois