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Concept Definition Map


Given a set of five vocabulary words, a student will be able to devise three antonyms, three synonyms, the definitions, and parts of speech of those vocabulary words.

Given a set of five vocabulary words, a student will be able to compose two sentences using each vocabulary word correctly.

Bloom’s Taxonomy Category in the Cognitive Domain:

Application: Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction.

Applies what was learned in the classroom into a new situation.

Synthesis: Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Grade Level:

All levels, with adaptations for elementary school.

Materials Needed:

A transparency of the concept definition map (See PDF link below) or five copies of the concept definition map per student.


  1. Instruct student to take out vocabulary lists they already have or handout five new vocabulary words to them
  2. Place the transparency on the overhead, or distribute copies of the concept definition maps.
  3. Review the map together with an example word of your choice. Make sure the students understand that the antonyms and synonyms have to be the same part of speech as the example word, or they’ll get confused when they compose the sentences.
  4. Working in pairs, give them the rest of class except the last three minutes to work on their concept definition maps.
  1. Maps due on your assigned date.

Review – Last Three Minutes

Ask students to tell their partner:

  1. One vocabulary word with its definition
  2. One antonym and one synonym for the word
  3. One sentence using the word correctly.


Grade the assignment according to whatever rubric you’d like.

Concept Definition Map