Blank Depth and Complexity Frame - Can Customize Frame With Icons

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This Depth and Complexity Icon frame will help your students dig deeper in their learning and think in more complex ways. This product contains the 11 elements of Depth and Complexity that were developed by Sandra Kaplan. These visual prompts are designed to guide students to go beyond the surface level by diving in deeper and understanding concepts with greater complexity.

I tell my students that you can think about it like the ocean. When you stay at the surface in the middle of the ocean, you may see an occasional bird or boat go by. However, mostly you’ll see endless water. When you dive in to the depths of the ocean, there’s a whole world of creatures that has opened up. You’ll see fish, turtles, dolphins, jelly fish, etc. If you go even deeper, you’ll see a new world of bioluminescent creatures.

This Depth and Complexity Icon Frame promotes critical thinking in various ways and are perfect to use in literature circles, reading aloud to the students, social studies or science lessons, or even in math.

Directions

You can write the topic in the middle or have the students write their own topic in the middle. Students can draw a different icon in each of the four boxes, or the teacher can copy and paste an icon to each of the 4 boxes before printing. (You must have PowerPoint if you want to copy and paste the icons to make your own charts). Then students will elaborate on the topic in the space provided making sure to address each element of Depth and Complexity.

Students can work on this independently, cooperatively in groups, or in partners. It could be used in the middle of a lesson or even as an exit ticket to assess students' learning on the way out. This can be used for multiple grade levels, and you can use them to help differentiate with all learners.

Each of the 11 icons are as follows:

The Icons that promote Depth are as follows:

Ethics (Morals, Right vs. Wrong, Values or Judgments, Pros and Cons)

Big Idea (Overarching Idea, Theme or Generalizations, Whole)

Details (Evidence, Description, Characteristics, Parts)

Unanswered Questions (Unknown or Unexplained, Uncertain, Dilemma)

Rules (Classify, Organize, Structure, Methods or Procedure)

Trends (Tendencies, Style, Influence)

Patterns (Repetitive, Cycle, Predict, Recurring)

Language of the Discipline (Speech, Terminology, Vocabulary)

The Icons that promote Complexity are as follows:

Changes Over Time (Past, Present, Future, Change, Connections Across Time)

Across Disciplines (Multidisciplinary, Across Different Subjects, Connections)

Multiple Perspectives (Different Points of View, Different Ways of Seeing Things, Affected by Roles)

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