Monday, April 25, 2011

Circle Maps: Get Ready to Brainstorm


After reading lots of information on our country's symbols I selected some important ones that I want the children to become familiar with (yes, there is a method to my madness). They will cut these out and place them in this map. I made boxes since this helps them spacially. I am still reminding them not to push down on their glue sticks and "paint" their paper! You know exactly what I am talking about. We are ripping through glue at top speed.
This map is for brainstorming but obviously I had to work on building their background of knowledge. Some teachers laminate a big empty circle map and add the information on strips using velcro. We practice the language of the map by saying "__________is a symbol of the USA." If you want this click here to download and please leave a comment. If you are blogger you can grab my button and be sure to join as a friend!
Have a great day of teaching!

19 comments:

Maryann said...

Hi Fran!
I am ready to go shopping at your site!! I hope you will be selling your wonderful ideas soon! I wish I could attend your training on "maps". Maybe you should think about presenting at SDE conference!!
Take care and keepup the great work!
Maryann
brennemm@carlisleschools.org

Kinderpond said...

Love this! Wish I could teach about this- maybe next year I can squeeze it in somewhere :)


Jennifer

Paige said...

Thank you for sharing this awesome resource!

Mommy2CVC said...

Love your stuff! Can't wait until you sell more of your maps!!!

Pam said...

You are so creative! I love all of your stuff and look forward to seeing what you come up with daily. You are an inspiration!

Angie said...

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful resources. I really appreciate your hard work.

rooneyhunt said...

Hi Fran,

Thanks for sharing another great resource! I am putting it in my file for next year. What a great addition! Your generosity is appreciated!

~ Amy
ahunt@narragansett.k12.ri.us

Casey said...

Thanks you for sharing all your wonderful resources.

Katie said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I just filed it away for our unit we do in February!

L.. said...

Many thanks for your sharing with us...you have a generous heart. Blessings to you.

Cindy said...

What a neat lesson. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

I love it! I will use it next February... or review the symbols in May for Memorial Day!

Mrs. Ibarra said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing. I will be teaching symbols in a few weeks and my school will be implementing thinking maps next year. I've gotten so many ideas from your blog! =)

Fran Kramer said...

Thank you all for your thoughtful comments. The maps are magical and can be used in so many ways to support a young child's writing.

Love, Polka Dot said...

Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Bethany said...

Thank you for this map! I love it and can't wait to use it next year. :)

rkj032003 said...

Thank you so very much for all of your wonderful resources...they are always a big hit with my kinder kiddos!!

morrisjl said...

I have had training on Thinking Maps, but your creations makes it so understandable and appropriate for my kinders; thanks for helping me make a connection... which in turn will help my students!

Mrs. Krouskop-Smith said...

What a wonderful resource - thank you for sharing!

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