This product contains directions, a composition book sized page and 80 prompts for students to use as they add to their thinking map journals. The prompts start by introducing all 8 maps using students' favorite topic...themselves. There is a wide variety of prompts for all 8 maps, prompts that have them use multiple maps for the same idea, color code their maps, and take their thinking off the map and put it into writing.
One of the tenets of TM is the importance of students learning to draw the maps themselves so that they map fit the type of thinking as well as the quantity of thinking. For example, providing a pre-drawn bubble map with 5 bubbles might lead a student to generate 5 descriptors for an object when they were actually capable of generating 10. With that in mind, this product includes prompts that the students can cut out and glue to the top of a composition book or spiral page and then use the rest of the page to draw the map, add to the map, or do something with the information recorded on the map.
How to Use: Each student will need 1 spiral or composition notebook. Two or three times per week provide students with a journal prompt to glue at the top of a page. Student can use the rest of the page for drawing the map, the frame of reference, and any additional tasks included in the prompt. In my classroom, I use this as daily morning work as students are arriving at different times in the morning and as I take care of morning routines like attendance and lunch counts. My students will generally start a prompt on one day and finish it on the second day. The beauty of open-ended, critical thinking tasks such as thinking maps allow for natural differentiation as students requiring scaffolding will naturally put less into a map during the same amount of time that a student needing additional challenges will naturally go deeper with their thinking and keep adding to maps.
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