Abstract & Concrete

Recommended Practice: Connect abstract and concrete representations of concepts.

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Connecting Abstract and Concrete Representations of Concepts

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View this multimedia overview to learn about how connecting abstract ideas with concrete situations can help students understand difficult concepts and transfer their knowledge to new situations.

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Using Concrete Situations to Introduce Content

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In this interview, Dr. Brian Bottge talks about how teachers can introduce content with real-world problem scenarios and make connections with abstract concepts.

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Expert Interview

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Making History Come Alive

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Social studies teacher and curriculum trainer Matt Moorman explains how to help students understand abstract ideas by using visual techniques, including graphic organizers and visual...

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School Example

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Connecting Classrooms to the World

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Teachers at Normal Park Elementary explain how they use learning expeditions to make abstract concepts from textbooks into more memorable and understandable, concrete experiences for their...

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Demonstrating Thermal Layering

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Using an aquarium and food coloring, science teacher Tasia Stamos re-creates the layers of warm and cool water in a summer lake to help her students visualize the effects of thermal...

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School Example

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Cupcake Geology: Using Models to Explain Abstract Concepts

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In this multimedia presentation, fifth-grade teacher Deb Wickerham describes how she uses models and hands-on activities to help elementary students understand complex earth science concepts. See...

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School Example

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Student Assignment: Acme Landscaping Closure Activity

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View an end-of-unit assignment from the math department at Kettle Moraine High School that asks students to explain in concrete terms the abstract concept of tangent ratios. Related...

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Sample Material

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Graphic Organizer for Teaching Vocabulary With Visuals

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Middle-school teacher Bonnie Bowen uses this graphic organizer in her classroom to incorporate the use of visuals in vocabulary instruction. Related Files: Plainwell Middle School...

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Sample Material

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Lesson Plan: Cupcake Geology

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View the lesson plan from Deb Wickerham's activity called "Cupcake Geology," which uses physical models to illustrate geologic concepts. Related Media and Files: Cupcake Geology: Using...

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Sample Material

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Learning Together About Connecting Abstract and Concrete Representations of Concepts

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This training activity can be used to convene a school in-service session for teachers to learn why and how to make concrete connections to abstract concepts. Related Media and...

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Tool

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Discuss and Design: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Visual Representations

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Use this tool to guide discussions, in groups, of ways to use graphics to promote learning. Related Media and Files: Using Graphics to Support Learning (Slideshow and Transcript)

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Tool

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Planning Chart Activity: Incorporating More Concrete Connections to Abstract Concepts

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This tool provides a format for brainstorming activities that use understandable representations to teach difficult concepts.

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