Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Flowers and Showers...Pre-Write Maps Part 2
These are a great compare and contrast activity. Similar to the Venn Diagram, the Double Bubble provides adequate space for both comparing and contrasting. You would be surprised how quickly students can create these on their own...with a little help from you.
Flow maps aren't new...they are a perfect sequencing map. Students can order the steps in the plant's life then write a story about the events. Anything that can be sequenced, can be put on a Flow Map. We have used Flow Maps for changes in the community, changes in seasons, and changes in the life cycle of a person.
The Multi-flow map may be a new map to many. It's the perfect map for cause and effect. The left side starts with the "cause" or the "what?" The right side continues with the "effect" or the "why?" Using the map above...what can cause of the seed to change? If you put sun, water, and soil in the top box on the left, you can put a growing plant it in the top box on the right.
Finally, the Tree Map...it's a great way to sort or classify. There are 2 examples about plants. The first example sort by what a plant needs and what are the parts of a plant. The second example is for the intermediate learner, sorting trees that are deciduous or coniferous.
What do you think about Thinking Maps? I love them!