I did a lesson this week for a teacher who wanted to see how I create brace maps with my students. Since they were learning about pets, I decided to focus the lesson on animal characteristics. I read the book Arthur's Pet Business since it shows all types of animals, their needs, and their characteristics. As I read, I led the students in mini discussions on the different ways pets move, their coverings, their body parts, and their needs.
Here is the brace map we created. I started with the whole dog already made and on the map. Students recalled the parts of the dog we had talked about, we reviewed characteristics of that part and why it is important to the dog and then added it to the map. After we had all of the parts added, we went back and labeled the parts using interactive writing. If I need to save time, I print out the labels in advance so we only have to add them.
Here is an example of when I have had students create their own brace maps.
signs I used to display with the brace map after it is posted and the dog labeling page. To make the dog on the large brace map, I just clipped corners and rounded rectangles.
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