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Thinking Maps

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. flow
Multi-Flow Map: Causes and effects, Impacts and/or benefits, Reasons and/or results. multiflow
Brace Map: Identify the parts of a whole, Deconstruct problems, Show physical components.  Brace Map
Bridge Map: Connect related ideas and relationships, Understand analogies and metaphors.  Bridge Map



LLCS Thinking Maps School-Wide Implementation