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Concept circle

A visual organiser used to practise new vocabulary or exploring a concept.

Vocabulary version: Draw a circle divided into four sectors. Write new vocabulary words or words related to a key concept onto strips of paper. Select a word to place in each sector. Students then use as many of the words as possible to construct a sentence.

Concept version: Place the core concept in the centre of the circle. In each quadrant place a word, definition, or picture, etc. that relates to the concept. Students then explain the relationship. Alternatively, leave one or two sectors empty and students fill in the missing related information.

Watch these short videos to see concept circle activities being used in a primary context and in a secondary context

Primary level

Secondary level

Teaching and learning sequence planning examples:

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Published on: 19 Jan 2018