Visual Organisers


Flow Map

The flow map is used to show a sequence of events.

Thinking Maps

Visual approaches to developing higher order thinking skills.

Created by Patricia Kitchen

Circle Map
The circle map is used to define in context.

Thinking maps will:

1. Show how students think

2. Give ‘time to think’ opportunities

3. Level the playing field

4. Provide degrees of access and control

5. Support complex needs

6. Promote higher order thinking

7. Support teachers and students

Tell me everything you know about pollution and how you know these things.  What experiences have you had that taught you about pollution?

Bubble Map

The Bubble Map is used for describing.  It should only contain adjectives or adjective phrases.

“Use vivid language to describe the characters in the story.  Be sure to include not only words the author uses but descriptors you can infer from the story as well.”

“Explain in writing the steps you followed to solve this problem.”

Multi-Flow Map

The multi-flow map is used to show cause and effect relationships.

Tree Map
A tree map is used to classify information

Take a position on a topic and classify your main reasons for that position.  Be sure to include specific details and examples to support each of your reasons.

Double Bubble
The double bubble map is used to compare and contrast.

Brace Map

The Brace Map is used to describe whole to part relationships.

Bridge Map

The Bridge Map is used to see analogies or relationships.  The phrase "as" in the bridge can be replaced with "just like" for younger children to see the relationships.  A relating factor is always listed to connect the items being related.