Rootstown Second Graders Use Popplet for Comparing & Contrasting

The past two mornings in the AT&T Classroom the Rootstown second graders have been working with Popplet in one of their Daily 5 rotation groups.   Popplet is a free multiplatform tool 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.  The second graders are using Popplet on the iPads to create a concept map for a compare-and-contrast activity related to the topic of the non-fiction book they are reading in their Daily 5 groups. To create their compare and contrast diagram, the students are creating popples in various shapes and sizes to represent individual facts or details related to the main topic.
To provide additional detail and evidence to their concept maps, students are able to add text, drawing, or images to each popple. Students are also able to draw their own image or use the online search function within the app to find and insert a photo or image from the web.