What are Thinking Maps?

They are eight visual patterns designed for students to use in order to learn and retain information, through the process of gathering and packaging that information in a visual, memorable and concise way. 


Thinking Maps (TM)...
  • Provide a common language that all students, teachers and school
  • Apply across all subjects and grade-levels (can be used K-12 and beyond)
  • Lead to meaningful, memorable, and focused learning
  • Are tools for life-long learning (can be applied to just about any information)
  • When different TM are used to go deeper and more complex on a given topic/subject, their effectiveness is increased 

Click on Thinking Map to see image samples

Circle Map

The Circle Map is used for Brainstorming or Defining in Conte


Flow Map

The Flow Map is used for Sequence of Events or for anything that has a Step-by-Step Process


Bubble Map

The Bubble Map is used for Describing (use adjectives or adjective phrases)


Double Bubble Map

The Double Bubble Map is used for Comparing and Contrasting (Similarities & Differences)


Tree Map

The Tree Map is used for Classifying or Categorizing


Brace Map

The Brace Map is for showing The Whole and all its Parts


Multi-Flow Map

The Multi-Flow Map is used for showing Cause & Effect


Bridge Map

The Bridge Map is used for showing Analogies (and their relating factor)