If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Using Graphic Organizers to Teach Cause-Effect Relationships

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Description: Helping students understand the complexities of cause-effect relationships in contemporary world geography is best accomplished through the modeling and creation of graphic organizers which reflect such relationships in easily understood, visual ways. Using a scaffolding approach to introduce and reinforce such geographic concepts, such as “human- environment interaction,” (HEI) is an effective learning experience that can be applied to any regional study of the western or eastern hemispheres. The on-going practice in interpreting teacher-created and developing student-created visual graphic organizers, as well as kinesthetically manipulating the basic components of HEI relationships into a “desktop” graphic organizer, reinforces students’ abilities to identify the “causes” versus “effects” of geographic conditions. 

 Grade level(s): Middle                 Standards: PASS, GFL             Produced By: Pam Merrill