My teammate Robi shared this great compare and contrast lesson to introduce thinking maps and encourage partner work.
First, I modeled using a circle map to brainstorm facts about ourselves. Some suggestions were age, family members, pets, favorite color, food, activity and physical attributes such as eye and hair color.
Not only was this a great lesson on compare/contrast and thinking maps but the partners got to know each other better.
I'm off to find a chick flick to watch while I rework my Back-To-School Night presentation for the parents on Tuesday! I feel like I need a vacation already...not a good sign!