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Graphic Organizers with Depth and Complexity - ALL EDITABLE!

Hello Friends.

Have you heard about Thinking Maps? A few years ago, my principal sent some of the staff to be trained in using Thinking Maps and I have LOVED using them ever since. If you are unfamiliar with what it is, I can explain.. because I'm your friend and that's what friends do. :)  Our brain usually organizes information in 8 different ways. These thinking skills help kids drive their learning and as they move through each grade, it is done with greater complexity. There are 8 different Thinking Maps. These maps are used to help students organize information in what they are learning. What I love about it is that it is easy and simple in the lower grades and can get more complex in the higher grades. I even find myself using them ALL the time to organize my to do lists, reflect on things that I've read, etc.

NOW... just to kick it up a notch, I've added Depth and Complexity icons to some of the maps. I've gone to Sandra Kaplan's (creator of Depth and C…