We used concept maps twice during this course as a cumulative review activity that allowed students to form connections between ideas they have learned. In this activity, groups of students are given a set of words printed on slips of paper, which they must arrange on a piece of chart paper, drawing and labeling arrows between concepts to illustrate the ways in which they are connected. We found this a valuable activity because of its collaborative and constructivist nature, and some students reported it as an activity through which they learned the most.
The first time we introduced this activity, we asked a relatively advanced group of students to model the procedure in front of the class, using a simple set of words. We then passed out printed instructions and let groups work independently on their concept maps, with the words being major concepts that we had explored thus far in the course. Afterwards, groups posted their concept maps around the room, and students viewed them in a "Gallery Walk" while answering prompts about what they saw. Thus, individual students were held responsible for understanding the connections made in the concept maps.