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.