Clusters #8

Charlee Pierson

About Clusters

Grades: 3-8

  • English Language Learners

Instructional Focus:

  • Vocabulary
  • Writing
  • Content Areas

How to Use It

1. Select a topic: write the word in the middle of the paper

2. Design the cluster:

  • unorganized: words and phrases are written on rays drawn out from the center circle
  • organized: students identify big ideas and write those in smaller circles coming from the center circle.

3. Complete the cluster:

  • unorganized: students read the words and phrases and try to brainstorm more ideas
  • organized: students use the big ideas to think of additional ideas that can go under each big idea.

Great for VISUAL Learners!

Why I like it

  • students can organize their thoughts when learning about a new idea or reading a book.
  • Clusters can also be used to incorporate other content areas into literacy such as social studies and science
  • organize thoughts before writing.
  • Wonderful way to assess student learning and their takeaways from the lesson.

Connection to Standards

RI.3.2 : Determine the main idea of a text, recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

W.6.1 : Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Digital Ways to use Clusters!