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Thinking Maps

The Thinking Maps and How to Use Them

Brittany Forbes

on 30 August 2013

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Transcript of Thinking Maps

What are thinking maps?
And how can I use them?
photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
What is a circle map?
The Brainstorming (Circle) Map
A circle map, or brainstorming map, is used to help define something or brainstorm ideas about a topic.

1. Choose one of the two art works on your desk (the papers are double sided).
2. Then, as a group, brainstorm as many observations as you can about the artwork. Including: colors, mood, figures, attitudes, artist, time period, etc.

Be sure your circle map is Orange and you include the artist and artwork in the frame!
Now you try...
What is a bubble map?
The Describing (Bubble) Map
What are thinking maps?
Thinking maps are eight different "maps" or shapes that we use to illustrate eight different thinking processes.
A describing map, or bubble map, is used to describe a person, place, or thing with adjectives.
Now you try...
Choose one of the two pieces of art on your desks:
1. Using only adjectives, create a describing map for this piece of art (at least five adjectives).
2. Be sure to include the artist and the title of the artwork in your frame.
What is a double-bubble map?
The Comparing/Contrasting Map
A comparing and contrasting map, or double bubble map, examines the similarities and differences between two things.
What is a flow map?
The Sequencing Map
A sequencing map, or flow map, shows events or steps in the order they occur.
Now you try...
1. Choose one of the two pieces of artwork. Then, pretend you are the artist of this work.
2. Create a sequencing map for the steps of creating this piece of art. Be sure to include at least 5 steps.
3. Be sure to include the artist and title of the work in your frame.
Make sure your map is blue!
What is a multi-flow map?
The Cause and Effect Map
The cause and effect map, or multi-flow map, shows the relationship between an event, its causes, and the effects of that event.
Now you try...
1. Choose one of the two artworks on your desks. Then, decide on an important event in the art.
2. As a group, create a cause map for that event (left side only). This will require some creativity!

Be sure this map is red and you include the artist and artwork in the frame.
What is a tree map?
The Classifying (Main Idea) Map
A classifying map, or tree map, is a classifying map that categorizes and sorts information.
Now you try...
1. Choose one of the two paintings on your desk. Then, identify two potential categories within that painting (example: warm colors and cool colors).
2. Create a classifying map for these two categories (each branch must have at least three leaves).

Be sure to make your classifying map is green and that you include the artist and title in your frame.
What is a brace map?
The Part to Whole Map
A part to whole map, or brace map, shows the relationship between a whole and its parts.
Now you try...
1. Choose one of the two paintings on your desks. Then, identify the most central focus of this piece.
2. Identify the parts of this central focus. This must contain at least four parts of your whole.

Be sure to make your part to whole map black and you include the artist and title of the art in your frame.
Now you try...
1. Compare and contrast the two different pieces of art (front and back) on your desk.
2. You must have at least two differences on each side and three similarities in the middle. Be sure to include the artist and title in your frame.
Be sure your comparing/contrasting map is purple.
What is a bridge map?
The Analogy Map
The analogy map, or bridge map, helps you see relationships between nouns (people, places, or things).
Now you try...
1. Consider your two artworks. With a relating factor of "is the most important characteristic," create a bridge map that connects the two most important details/characteristics of these pieces of art.

Remember, a bridge map is brown and include your artist and artwork in the frame.
What are we missing?
No thinking map is complete without a F.O.R.Q, or frame of reference question. This offers us a chance to reflect on the thinking map. Every thinking map must have a F.O.R.Q.
So let's try a FORQ!
Let's add a FORQ to the last map (the analogy map).
F.O.R.Q. Read one of the two artist quotes on your poster. Rewrite the quote and then answer: How does this quote relate to your two pieces of art?

Your F.O.R.Q. answer must always be in a complete sentence!
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera." Dorothea Lange
This quote relates to these two pieces of art because they are both photographs that help us better understand an important and intimate moment between people.
Group Roles:
1. Leader: Keep the group on task and help choose the artwork!
2. Thinking Map Director: Be sure everyone in your group is drawing the thinking map correctly!
3. Artistic Director: Help lead the group in their discussion of the art!
4. Materials Coordinator: Be sure everyone has their foldable correct and the crayons/markers they need!

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