Bellair uses the concept of Thinking Maps at all grade levels. Thinking Maps are eight visual-verbal learning tools. Each map is based on a basic thinking process. The maps are used to show relationships. Each map has a basic visual starting point. The maps give both students and teachers a common language for meaningful learning. They are an excellent way for students to organize their thinking, and then their writing.
The eight maps we use are:
1. The Circle Map - It is used to describe objects or ideas in the center.
2. Tree Map - It could show main groups in the top branches, and then examples of subgroups below.
3. The Bubble Map - It uses adjectives to describe the topic in the center.
4. The Double Bubble Map - It can be used to compare and contrast two objects.
5. The Flow Map - It can show the steps of growth or story development.
6. The Multi-Flow Map - It can show causes and effects of an action.
7. The Brace Map - It can be used to show the subparts of something.
8. The Bridge Map - It can be used to show analogies in math, writing, science or social studies.
Thinking Map Examples