Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Brace Yourself For This Map




This map is so much fun for the kids. I tell them to think of it as a puzzle and their job is to put the pieces together. However, they have a bit of trouble remembering that the whole needs to look just like its parts. Eventually this can become the main idea with it's supporting details but that happens in first grade and I am so happy to hand that off to the next teacher!

Here are some examples of student work. Don't you love when they add in other things they know how to draw. Hearts and butterflies are showing up everywhere!










Do you like to use this map?

10 comments:

Meredith said...

Love this map...so perfect for all parts of Kinder...because after all, they think everything "comes that way" (whole). Thank you for all your great ideas!!

Mrs. Ibarra said...

Yes! I would love to use this map. Thanks for the great ideas. I will be trained on thinking maps this July. Can't wait!

Fran Kramer said...

I wish I could train more kindergarten teachers outside of my district. We have worked on these for years now and so many teachers do not quite understand how to use them. My curriculum specialist is an expert and we use them across the curriculum! We are so lucky to have her!
Fran who loves being a mapper

Ms.M said...

I love this map. Will you put it up to download?

Ms. M
Ms.M's Blog
A Teacher's Plan

chloesmom said...

WOW.....I never would have thought of this what a grea idea!

Aaron said...

I am so very impressed by your website and your creative ideas. I have taught K for 6 years now and am always looking for new ideas and projects to use. Thank you again for all these wonderful downloads. I LOVE them and appreciate it. Thanks!

Jodi said...

Great idea! Thanks for all of your wonderful printables!

Carmen said...

Can we download this map?

Fran Kramer said...

Sorry. It is not available at this time.
Fran

Ms. Amber said...

I do like this chart. I was wondering just what thinking maps you use in Kindergarten. Not all of the eight I'm sure as some are too far advanced, I would think. I was wondering about this brace chart...how to incorporate it at a preschool/Kindergarten level to help them begin to see the parts and whole. I like the flag pole idea. I think I'll introduce this chart in a similar way but using a snowman. Hmm! Thanks!