Thinking Maps® are visual tools for learning, and include eight visual patterns each linked to a specific cognitive process. By linking each thinking skill to a unique and dynamic visual representation, the language of Thinking Maps becomes a tool set for supporting effective instructional practice and improving student performance. Teachers may apply Thinking Maps in all content areas and all grade levels.
The eight map types are:
Circle Map: Define, Brainstorm, List, Identify, Tell everything they know.
|Tree Map: Classify, Categorize, Sort or group, Give sufficient and related details, Convergent and divergent thinking|
|Bubble Map: Describe, Identify characteristics, Identify properties, Identify qualities.|
|Double Bubble Map: Identify similarities and differences, Differentiate between characters or objects.|
|Flow Map: Sequence steps, stages or events, order information.|
|Multi-Flow Map: Causes and effects, Impacts and/or benefits, Reasons and/or results.|
|Brace Map: Identify the parts of a whole, Deconstruct problems, Show physical components.|
|Bridge Map: Connect related ideas and relationships, Understand analogies and metaphors.|