Writing

  • Thinking Maps

    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