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Beyond Definitions: Using Hexagonal Thinking for Sensemaking

Using Hexagonal Thinking for Sensemaking

Science and Children—July/August 2024 (Volume 61, Issue 4)

By Simone Nance

This article was written for the purpose of introducing the hexagonal thinking strategy to upper elementary teachers. The strategy, in which students make connections across the vocabulary and concepts to develop a map, has become more popular in the secondary setting, but needs more structure to be implemented with younger students. A university researcher and 4th grade teacher teamed up for multiple sessions over the course of three months in order to provide helpful implementation tips to use with any science unit, including cross-curricular units. The most important lesson learned was the importance of scaffolding and support for group communication.

Learning Progression Sensemaking Teaching Strategies Elementary

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