Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Activities Like...LINKY!! with FREEBIES bonus!

Happy Hump Day, friends!! Kerri here...

Does anyone else get all discombobulated when you only have a 4 day week? It seems weird that its already hump day, but I'm not complaining!! And then the weather here is all wonky! Cold yesterday and blazing hot today. WEIRD!!

I am linking up with my girlys over at Blog Hoppin' for our "We Are Thankful" week long linky party!

Today's topic is "Activities like..." and I will fill in the blank with the words "THINKING MAPS"!

I love thinking maps and we use them ALL.THE.TIME. for every subject, but especially Social Studies and Science! Here are some examples...
Flow map for sequencing

Double Bubble map for comparing 2 things

bubble map for describing

Circle map for listing facts/ideas about a topic

Tree map-my favorite!

And here they are some of them put together for my Open House unit on the Rainforest!!

Thinking maps are so useful because they really get the kids THINKING, and they help them organize their thought and ideas. We use these to help the kids write, and the kids LOVE them!

I have included a couple of tree maps on the Pilgrims and Wampanoags that you can use in the next 2 weeks before Thanksgiving (click captioned link of the Pilgrim tree map above to access these via Google Docs!)

Hope this was helpful to you! Do you use thinking maps??
Kerri B


Jan said...

Love all the different ways you use tree maps. Thinking maps were really big here about 10 years ago and I still use them when writing in the content areas. thanks for sharing the Pilgrim and Native Americans map.

Angie Olson said...

What a cute blog you have...I love the colors! Thanks for sharing your tree maps. I think that these are such a great way to organize students' thoughts!
Mrs. Olson’s Lucky Little Learners

Ashley Reed said...

I love thinking maps, too. Your examples are adorable!
Just Reed!

Shelly Sitz said...

Your thinking maps are great. I especially like the double bubble mapping for comparing and contrasting. Our district loves it when we use graphic organizers.

Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

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