Our students will be using a variety of Thinking Maps in kindergarten.
Thinking Maps help us organize information visually. By using eight different maps,
students can learn eight different ways of thinking. The maps are a concrete way
of seeing abstract concepts. Students can use these patterns for a variety of purposes
in their class work, homework, and independent projects. Here are the names of the eight maps: Circle Map 5. Brace Map Bubble Map 6. Flow Map Double Bubble Map 7. Multi-Flow Map Tree Map 8. Bridge Map Here are the uses of each map. It doesn’t matter what grade level or subject the maps are used for. You will notice that the maps have very practical applications. There are labels and diagrams of the 8 maps at the bottom of the next page. Circle Map – for brainstorming ideas. A word, concept, picture, sign, or symbol is put into an inner circle. In an outside circle goes any information to support the word in the inner circle. Bubble Map – for describing with adjectives. In an inner circle goes the word or thing being defined. Connected by lines to the inner circle are outside bubbles in which students write the adjectives or phrases describing the word or thing in the inner circle Double Bubble Map – for comparing and contrasting. Two center bubbles show similarities between two things. Middle bubbles are for the items being compared or contrasted. Outside bubbles list the differences in the items. All items are connected together by lines. Tree Map – for sorting, classifying, and grouping. On the top line is the name of the category. Underneath are subcategory layers. There is also a third layer describing the subcategory. Brace Map – for breaking the whole into parts. Start with the whole object, then divide it into parts and subparts using braces (parentheses.) Flow Map – for sequencing events and stages of events. Using rectangles for each stage of an event, a flow pattern (with arrows connecting the boxes) is established. The flow can go to the right or left, down or up. Multi-Flow Map – for linking causes and effects of events. An event is written in the center rectangle. Causes of the event are written in boxes to the left while effects are written in boxes to the right of the center rectangle. Bridge Map – for identifying similarities in relationships. A pair of things has a relationship to another pair of things. It is a similar phrase that can fit on both sides of a bridge.