Concept maps provide students an opportunity to make their thinking visible in a conceptual format. Allowing students to make sense of their current understanding via concept maps increases the awareness for both student and teacher of what is actually being learned. This is great way for teachers to formatively assess students and provide feedback and it is also a great way for students to be reflective on their own learning and understanding of the topic creating individual ownership. Concept maps can be easily used as a notebook entry. They can be very specific or creative depending on the teachers desired outcome. In this link you will find examples of concept maps.
How is the development of Crosscutting Concepts cultivated with concept maps or graphic organizers? How does using concept maps or graphic organizers impact student engagement with Science and Engineering practices? Click on the image to see all 3 dimensions.