Here is a semantic map for teaching vocabulary to young students. The semantic map uses a visual representation of a topic, word, or concept and is an effective learning model for improving vocabulary in children with learning disabilities. The map begins with a concept word that is placed in the center. Related words or concepts are then added throughout the map to help establish a relationship with the concept word.
For instance, this map has the word government as the concept word. A host of related words such as legislative, executive, and judicial, which are further divided into other related terms, are spread throughout the map. It is a powerful and engaging way for students to learn more about the functioning of the government and what are the various aspects the make the administrative system of a country.