I created this product to aid my students with both deepening their thinking as well as to aid them in writing about concepts. We employ graphic organizers for nearly every content area that I teach. I felt that it only made sense to carry those skills and behaviors over to our IB PYP Framework as well; specifically, our Learner Profile, Attitude Traits & Key Concepts. I feel that graphic organizers allow students to be more creative and flexible in developing and deepening their schema/connections and reasoning skills. I have also noticed it particularly helpful for students whose native language differs from the language of instruction as they may understand the concept but encounter difficulty with labels or vocabulary barriers.
I’ve included the IB Learner Profile, IB Attitudes, and Key Concepts in this product. Each trait includes both color and printer-friendly copies (black and white), as well as circle graphic organizers & 4 square graphic organizers. I’ve also included blank labeled graphic organizers for assessment or at your discretion. Some traits are represented via several representations. This product includes 243 pages of bright, cheerful, ethnically diverse & culturally aware clip art.
IB Traits Thinking Maps are a phenomenal way to informally and quickly assess
mental flexibility-with regard to the content,
content attainment & mastery.
They are great for pre-writing activities which allow students to “dump” all of their ideas that pertain to the topic matter, similarly akin to “brain-storming” pre-writing activities. The graphic organizers also allow visual students the opportunity to organize and elaborate upon their ideas. This method is especially helpful for students with organizational challenges. Students with ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning diagnosis also perform better with the aid of visual organizers a.ka. graphic organizers.
The IB PYP Concept maps are perfect for differentiation and meet the needs of:
early childhood students/primary students
ESL students/Non-Native English speakers &
in an engaging and interesting manner. Younger students may illustrate and label as their ability allows. Older elementary students may opt to illustrate or record examples of each trait within each UOI. Students may also jot down their thoughts to help them compose more descriptive definitions or describe how their listed examples exemplify the traits.
The IB Trait Thinking maps can be implemented with the use of the included student and teacher rubrics. I’ve also included explanations and examples of how to implement each graphic organizer to give you a quick tutorial should you not be familiar with the use and implementation of graphic organizers. This product has been classroom-tested and I can attest to its powerful impact on my student’s interest, grasp of and mastery of content. I’ve successfully implemented graphic organizers with students as young as pre-kindergarten and kinder.
The graphic organizers are also great to display in hallways, classrooms and to document each’s child’s progress in their UOI portfolios. I often run a copy of the graphic organizers of the back of our UOI projects and journals to save paper. It’s also convenient for the students as well b/c they can quickly reference the graphic organizers as they write about either self-selected topic, respond to provocation or engage in reflection. I also further believe that since graphic organizers elicit student responses that they are far superior than “worksheets” which commonly solicit “cookie-cutter” responses. Students must “Show what they know”; (a common phrase which I use). The graphic organizers encourage individuality and fluency of ideas. In my opinion they (graphic organizers) improve student’s confidence and allow students to expound upon their own learning via peer-learning! Win-Win.
The IB Trait Thinking Maps can also be used as character education supplements. The IB Attitudes, IB Learner Profiles and Key Concepts include many traits that support the development of global learners and leaders
I hope that you check out my other products and it’s my hope that this product meets the diverse needs of your learners in a fun & meaningful manner.
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Cleo @ Teaching in a Bubble