What is Concept Mapping and Why is it Important?  

Objective: Students will identify relationships between ideas by dragging concepts to the correct places on a concept map.

Concept maps are diagrams that use words, phrases, and sometimes images to show the relationships between ideas or information. Concept mapping encourages higher-order thinking, empowering students to transform information into knowledge by making meaningful connections between concepts or information.

Concept mapping is an effective way for students in all grades, and across all curriculum areas, to engage creatively with new topics, and to deepen their comprehension of subjects for which they have prior knowledge.  Concept maps also serve as meaningful form of assessment by providing teachers with information about what their students understand, how they express that understanding,  and areas where they may need support.

Related BrainPOP Features

BrainPOP offers several features associated with concept mapping skills:

  • Concept Map Challenge task: For this Challenge task, students demonstrate connections associated with a topic by dragging concepts onto a concept map.
  • Make-a-Map: This concept mapping tool invites students to transform information from BrainPOP movies using images, keywords, and movie clips. Students can create their own concept maps, or use a pre-existing templates to demonstrate specific relationships, such as problem/solution, cause/effect, and sequence.  
  • Concept Mapping Movie on BrainPOP: Tim and Moby demonstrate how concept maps help to organize and display knowledge about a topic. They also describe the many uses of concept maps, from note-taking and studying to brainstorming and creative problem solving.
  • Concept Mapping Movie on BrainPOP Jr:  Annie and Moby explore how to use concept maps to organize thoughts and ideas.


Filed as:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12