From Concept to Connection: Exploring Hexagonal Thinking

Hexagonal thinking allows students to develop connections between terms and think critically about the content. Each hexagon represents a different term and as they are linked together, they form a network of interconnected concepts.

Students work together in groups of 2-3 to arrange the hexagons so that each one is connected to another one, similar to a puzzle. However, if two sides are touching at any location, they terms must be connected in some way.


This is an example of a student assignment. You can include vocabulary, images, and even blank hexagons for students to fill in. Students drag the hexagons to create connections between the terms.   

Student example file using cardiovascular system terminology.

Student Responses:

Students will find different ways to solve the hexagons. They can type explanations or use "add audio" to explain the connections verbally. I usually require students to add two explanations of their choice. 

One student example of completed hexagons using text to explain connections and one that used audio files to explain.


Hexagonal thinking offers an innovative approach to organizing and connecting ideas. By visually mapping out thoughts, it encourages creative thinking, fosters deeper understanding, and promotes collaboration. When students are working in a group, hexagonal thinking helps uncover new perspectives and generates conversations, while allowing educators to hear their students thinking. 


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