Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Tree Map

The Tree Map

The three map is used for classifying and grouping. This map is used to sort things or ideas, categories or groups. New categories can also be created. There are many sites on the web that can give guidance as to the many uses of how to use the tree map.

These are some examples of how some grade levels used the tree map for different subjects.

Creating a Tree Map
It is easy to create a tree map. 1. The top horizontal line has the topic; 2.The second horizontal line has as many branches as needed for the subgroups. A subgroup is a subordinate group that exists within the main group. 3. Subgroups can be created within the subgroups.

In our classroom we have used the tree map from the beginning of the school year for several subjects. In Language Arts we classified syllables ( ma: mama, mano, mapa etc.); parts of speech (naming words for places, things and people). In math we used the map to sort sums of 5, 6, 7 etc.. We also used it to sort shapes, coins; etc.

We continue to use our tree map and as the year progresses we expand on its use.


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