This unit is a self-directed literacy unit that can be used for any grade upper elementary or middle school grade level. The unit overview includes:
*A unit overview scope/sequence
*Reflection questions and building background sheet
*Prior knowledge and new knowledge organizers
*2D and 3D mind maps explanation sheet
*Mind Map project planning sheet
*Mind Map field trip reflection questions
*Making connections reflection questions
*Making connections graphic organizer
*Making connections project planner
*Making connections project/presentation critique sheet
*Rubric for mind map project
*Rubrics for making connection project
Use this unit with any single or two different informational guided reading or authentic texts.
For the Mind Map/ Connection projects, my students usually generate 3D projects. For example
*Egypt group - made a mummy in a mind map covered sarcophagus
*Brazil group- Made a diorama of the Carnival where each float represented a connection.
*First Lady Group- Made a movie and had signs for each type of connection made that they would hold up during the script.
*Archaeology group- created a dig site in a box, where the audience had to move around rocks and sand to read the mind map.
*China group created pagodas where the different types of connections were on each of the pagoda's roofs.
These projects are always a lot of fun and the students learn to synthesize the information they learn in an innovative way. Feel free to send me a message if you are looking for project ideas to go with this unit.