Thinking Maps Align with Common Core and State Standards

Patterns for Limitless Learning

Thinking Maps® is a language of eight visual patterns each based on a fundamental thought process. These patterns are used individually and in combination across every grade level and curriculum area as an integrated set of tools for life-long learning. Each Thinking Map is designed to answer guiding questions that are related to a specific thought process. Teaching everyone in your learning community to "ask and answer questions" (one of the elements of the Common Core Standards) is critical to mastering the cognitive demands of the Common Core and State Standards.

One of the six criteria for developing Common Core and State Standards was that they should "Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher order skills." During Thinking Maps training, teachers develop an understanding of how to visually represent, or map, the critical thinking embedded in the Common Core State Standards. Thinking Maps provide students with both the scaffolds and structures to support a deeper level of understanding which will empower them to become college and career ready.

Circle Map - defining in context

Understand and use general (Tier 2) and domain-specific (Tier 3) academic vocabulary.

Tree Map - classifying/grouping

Identify the main idea(s), key supporting ideas and details in complex texts.

Bubble Map - describing with adjectives

Use relevant descriptive details and sensory language in reading and writing.

Double Bubble Map - comparing and contrasting

Compare and contrast important points in two texts or points of view; draw comparative inferences about two populations.

Flow Map - sequencing and ordering

Understand the steps and patterns in complex processes in order to answer questions and solve problems.

Multi-Flow Map - analyzing causes and effects

Evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text; determine the impact the author's purpose and point of view have on a text.

Brace Map - identifying part/whole relationships

Use common affixes to determine and clarify the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary terms.

Bridge Map - seeing analogies

"Choose two historical leaders and show their relationship to important movements or conflicts. Remember to state your relating factor."

*Each map has a Frame of Reference, used for reflective thinking.