Thinking Maps®

Neuroscientists tell us that our brain organizes information in networks and maps. Thinking Maps® is a language of visual tools grounded in the thinking process. They teach students to think about ideas and organize and express their ideas using the … Continue reading

‘The Endless Story’ Circle Maps and Frames of Reference

Circle Maps Key Words:Context, List, Define, Tell everything you know, Brainstorm, Identify, Relate prior knowledge, Explore the meaning, Associate, Generate Identify the thought process: DEFINING IN CONTEXT The Endless Story -Spain  Retold by Eileen DeLorenzo, Classroom Storyteller There once was … Continue reading

Bubble Maps and Frames of Reference for ‘The Endless Story’

Bubble Maps Key Words: Adjectives and adjective phrases only. Great for vocabulary development (vivid word choice) and inferential thinking. Identify the thought process: DESCRIBING We have last week’s example of a Circle Map for Rosita from ‘The Endless Story’ I … Continue reading

Creating Double Bubble Maps with Thinking Map Templates

This Bubble Map can be used to remind students of the previous lesson. Ask students what characters other than Rosita could the Bubble Map describe. (Miguel, the prince and Rosita’s father.) Why? This map could also be used to begin … Continue reading

Brain Compatible Instructional Strategies with Thinking Maps™

According to one of my favorite websites, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that we use only 10% of our brains. “We use 100% of our brain!” (Neuroscience for Kids). Though Aristotle’s model of five senses is common, neuroscientists … Continue reading

Analyzing Whole Objects and Parts with Brace Maps

Brace Maps Key Words: Parts of, Take Apart, Show Structure, Physical Components, Anatomy Identify the thought process: Whole to Parts Relationship Brace Maps are used to analyze physical objects. Read left to right the whole object is on the line … Continue reading

Digital Storytelling

Following lessons with Flow Maps, students can create movies with Digital Storytelling. Creating a movie on is a great way for students to show student understanding of concepts such as habitats, food production, story structure, creative writing, writing conventions, cooperative … Continue reading

Creating Beginning, Middle and End Flow Maps

Flow Maps are good practice for students to think and write logically and completely. In each stage and sub-stage, students explain the order of events in a story. In the Frame of Reference (the outside rectangle), write the name of the story. Create … Continue reading