Thursday, February 18, 2010

Circles and Squares Everywhere!

Thinking Process: Defining in Context

The Circle Map is used to brainstorm ideas and show what you already know about a topic by using context information. This can be words, numbers, pictures, symbols, etc. to represent the object, person, or ideas you are trying to understand or define.

Written in the inner circle is some "thing" you are trying to define. It is represented by a word or symbol. In the outer circle, information is written or drawn that puts the "thing" in context. The square around the circles is called the frame of reference. This is where "how you know what you know" is added.

we made circle maps showing what we learned about the attributes of shapes

we wrote about the attributes of shapes

Thinking Process: Seeing Analogies

The Bridge Map is used to identify similarities between relationships (seeing analogies). Students use a relating factor which is a similar phrase which fits both sides of the analogy. Frequently, analogies are included in standardized tests. Teachers who use the Bridge Map as a thinking skill don't have to teach it as a test skill. Bridge Maps are frequently used to see word relationships - as in synonyms and antonyms, but it can also be used in math.

we made bridge maps to show the relationship between basic shapes and where they are found in the world around us

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