Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them for comments or work on them in groups.

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Click on the picture above to go to a video about Exploratree.

Website: http://www.exploratree.org.uk/
Task #1: Create an Exploratree account by clicking here.

Task #2: Click on use a ready made thinking guide and choose the A Day in the Life guide under Explore. Practice creating a thinking guide by entering information about a day in the life of you.

Task #3: .Explore some of the other ready-made thinking guides or create your own by clicking on Start a new Thinking Guide.
Classroom ImplicationsStudents can work through a thinking guide online or they can be printed out in order to brainstorm about a paper or project. Teachers can set up a sequence that the thinking guide can be revealed in so you can stage the activity. For reading, Exploratree can be used for finding the main idea and proving it with supporting details or to focus on point of view, cause and effect, or summarizing (beginning, middle, and end). Thinking maps can be used for depicting life, water or plant cycles in Science. Students can use Exploratree to visualize proving answers for mathematical equations. In Social Studies, thinking maps can be used to compare and contrast different civilizations or points of view.

Home and School ConnectionSince Exploratree maps can be published for comment, encourage students to share their maps with family members at home to comment and collaborate. Maps can also be exported and printed or shared.

Additional ResourcesAccessibility Features: http://www.exploratree.org.uk/accessibility/Classroom Ideas: http://www.teachersfirst.com/single.cfm?id=11690

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