3 - Double Bubble Map

Used for Comparing and Contrasting, the third map to be introduced is the Double Bubble Map.This map is created with two Bubble Maps. Two larger circles are drawn with the things to be compared. Middle bubbles are added to show the similarities between the two. Outside bubbles are drawn to the two larger circles with words that show the differences.
Teachers have used the Double Bubble in these ways:
  • On one map we compared an infant to a toddler.  On another map we compared a child to an adolescent. 
  • We use it in Social Studies to compare two areas of New York city.  We also used it in Reading to compare two different characters out of two stories that we read in Open Court.
  • Students compared and contrasted how the main character, Zinkoff, and the rest of teammates reacted after losing their first soccer game. This was from our novel, Loser. Students kept the discussion and ideas going as they described the silly and absurd ways the teammates reacted. We posted these maps on the wall outside the classroom.
  • After reading the story, The Tree House, we compared the two characters and the tree houses they each played in.  We continued the following day and compared the friendship between the girls (building bridges).
Student map examples:
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