In order to visually breakdown the process of Synthesis for my students, I created this graphic organizer. With this organizer, the students will begin to recognize the 3 aspects of synthesizing. The goal of this graphic organizer is for students to see that synthesis requires schema, growth of knowledge, and/or change of knowledge.
I use a simple cookie recipe for the students to visualize the process of synthesis. Schema is the "sweet sugar" or the good stuff that we are already excited about. Growth of knowledge is the "sticky eggs" that help hold everything together in our brain. Change of knowledge is the "chunky chips" that we like to show off. All of these ingredients are tasty on their own, but when we combine them (synthesize), we mix all of our knowledge and all of our ingredients to make delicious chocolate chip cookies.