Here is a semantic map that could be used as a powerful teaching strategy in classrooms. While semantic maps are commonly used for vocabulary development, they can also be used for teaching science topics. For instance, this map focuses on vertebrates or animals that have backbones. After completing a science topic on such animals, teachers can use this semantic map to help students build instant connections with their recently gained knowledge.
This colorful map lists many different vertebrates, including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and amphibians. A short description of these animals and some examples of animals belonging to these categories are also available on the map. The map takes the concept of graphic organizers a step further as they are built on the background knowledge of the students. Alternatively, teachers can also ask students to enter the names of various animals belonging to different vertebrate categories.