Description: Mini-maps are like concept maps, but students are given a relatively short list of terms (usually 10 or fewer) to incorporate into their map. To use this approach, provide students a list of major concepts or specific terms and ask them to work in groups of two or three to arrange the terms in a logical structure, showing relationships with arrows and words. Ask groups to volunteer to share their mini-maps and clarify any confusing points.
Benefits: This activity helps students apply what they have learned through reading or didactic teaching. This approach can strengthen students’ logical thinking processes and test their mental model of a process. The activity can be done in pairs or groups.