The Campus second graders are beginning a research project on polar bears. This past week the students learned to use the Popplet app to organize their findings as they conduct their online research. Popplet is a free app that can be used to create concept maps. A concept map is a graphical diagram that provides a visual representation of the relationship between concepts. Teachers often use concept maps as a strategy to facilitate students’ critical thinking and their ability to identify and understand similarities and differences among key concepts. For this project, the students are using Popplet to capture and organize facts, thoughts, and images related to polar bears and to create relationships among them.