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Leaving Cert Biology Revision Task 

Hexagonal thinking activities help the students develop their critical thinking and also make connections. This activity also helps to develop the students’ ability to justify their answers which is a vital skill, especially at Higher Level.

This resource contains a PDF file (with both colour and B&W options) with terms from the chapters covering Blood, Circulatory and Lymphatic System set into hexagons. The students will be join each concept on a hexagons with up to six other concepts and they will link up concepts and justify their choices.

I will use these when trying to revise topics, or at the end of a chapter to get the students to see how it is linked to other topics we’ve covered.

The great thing about these, unlike tarsias, is that no two groups of students will come up with the same final web of concepts. They can be questioned as to the reasoning for certain linked concepts by their fellow students. It’s great tool for collaboration and generating discussions in class.

  • Print out the hexgonals, cut them up or get students to do this. I usually print and laminate them as I go so, I have them to reuse over and over.
  • Students should arrange the terms so that each hexagon side that touches another. These terms should be linked in some way. Students should be able to state the connection and for extension, justify the connection.
  • Students should keep rearranging until they feel they’ve created the best network of connected ideas.
  • Five hexagonals have been left blank for addition of students own key phrases, if desired.
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