Age/Grade: 3rd Grade – High School
Setting: School, Home, Clinic, In-patient
Individual or Group: One or more people
Tier: 1, 2, & 3
Desired/ Appropriate Behavior: Concept and vocabulary development , support for reading fluency and comprehension
Skill Level: Acquisition to maintenance
Semantic mapping is a visual strategy for vocabulary expansion and extension of knowledge by displaying words related to one another in categories. Semantic mapping is an adaptation of concept definition mapping but builds on children’s prior knowledge. While semantic mapping draws on prior knowledge, it recognizes important components and shows the relationships among the components. Semantic mapping is a very dynamic process, one that the teacher should model first before using it as an intervention. Semantic mapping may be used before, during, and after reading to promote reading comprehension.