The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think. -James Beattie

Double Bubble Map

April 16, 2012 by saslockhurst · No Comments · Thinking Map

COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Last week we shared how to use a bubble map to describe.  This week we would like to share with you the double bubble map.  Sometimes the children get confused between the two thinking maps, even though they are used for different purposes.  A double bubble map is used to compare and contrast.  The two items that will be compared are written in the two larger circles.  The center bubbles are the things they have in common and the circles on the outside are true only for the separate items.  This is essentially a Venn diagram, what most of us are familiar with.  (A student once told me that a Venn diagram is the old school version of a double bubble map!)

This map helps the students to look at something and organize their thoughts.  In kindergarten, we use this thinking map every week.  At the end of the weekly lessons, the children are asked to compare and contrast two of stories that we read during the week.  A bubble map helps the children to see the comparisons and the differences.

Note: When using a double bubble map, you do not need to have opposite points for the differences.  For example if there is a girl in one story, you don’t need to write no girls in the story on the opposite bubble.

At Home:

* Compare and contrast two family members.

* Compare and contrast two stories that you read together.  Discuss which story you liked better.

* Compare and contrast places that you visit.  My children compared and contrasted Taiwanese night markets to the one we went to on the weekend.

* Make a double bubble map to compare two items to determine which item you want to buy or which place you want to visit.

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