Graphic Organizers for Students and Educators

What exactly is a graphic organizer? It is an educational tool which shows a student or a class's previous knowledge regarding a specific topic or a certain area of text. It is a graphic display that shows the relationship between ideas and facts. Venn diagrams and timelines are just two examples of the many different kinds of graphic organizers. There are graphic organizers for numerous subjects including language arts, science, social studies and even math. Research suggests that the use of graphic organizers greatly improves learning for students. They help students to recall the information they have learned and to organize their thoughts. The following links are divided into the subjects of math, language arts, science and social studies. They all provide information on graphic organizers and/or sample organizers.

Math

  • Teacher Vision:This page provides two 10 by 10 grids to use for graphic organizing.
  • Southwest Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency: The website offers many graphic organizers for grades four through eight involving specific math topics such as geometry.
  • Have Fun Teaching (PDF): The site provides a math graphic organizer that basically divides a rectangle into areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • EdHelper: The website provides graphic organizers for areas including: graphs and charts; compare and contrast; cause and effect; and Venn diagrams.
  • Enchanted Learning: There are many different graphic organizers available on this website such as pie charts/circle graphs.
  • American Institutes for Research: The site explains what graphic organizers are, what the different types are, the components of them, how to use them in classrooms and other relevant information.
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School: A zip file was created as a math resource for teachers of all grades.

Language Arts

  • Freeology (PDF): The PDF asks questions that pertain to a short story and includes a graph to place plot action on.
  • Netrover: The website provides many graphic organizers for primary teachers such as a persuasive writing graphic organizer.
  • National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials: The site provides an introduction to graphic organizers, a definition for them, some types of graphic organizers, applications across curriculum areas and other relevant information.
  • Learning Through Listening: The site provides a “making predictions” graphic organizer where you enter your prediction in the first rectangular box and then fill in boxes with supporting quotes and facts and finally a conclusion and analysis.
  • Govanitha's Edublog: The blog explains why teacher's should use graphic organizers and provides two types including a cake paragraph format and a story map.
  • ThinkQuest: The site offers a cluster diagram that resembles a flower with the main idea in the center surrounded by petals that are different details.
  • Learning Ally: The site displays a “five senses” graphic organizer that has you entering what something looks like, tastes like, sounds like, smells like and feels like.
  • Super Teacher Worksheets: The site offers many different graphic organizers such as the “hamburger writing organizer” which includes a main idea, details and a closing sentence.

Science

  • Eduplace: This excellent site offers many different graphic organizers which correlate to grade level and subject matter such as grade one and how animals use their parts.
  • Linda Burkhart: The site provides a simple cause and effect graphic organizer.
  • Student Handouts: The website offers many different graphic organizers such as the vertical flow chart.
  • Science Class (PDF): The site provides a “food chain” graphic organizer which involves the sun and first, second and third order consumers.
  • California State University: The website offers several science graphic organizers such as the flow chart for “scientific method.”
  • ABC Teach: The site offers many different graphic organizers such as the “food chain” which includes boxes for predator, decomposer, prey and producers.
  • DePaul Center for Urban Education and Assessment (PDF): The PDF provides several graphic organizers that include literal, analytic and inferential.

Social Studies

  • Write Design Online: The website provides several sequence graphic organizers such as bridging snapshots and a series of events chain.
  • Muhlenberg County High School: The site offers a problem solution graphic organizer.
  • San Antonio Independent School District: The site provides hands-on-strategies (including graphic organizers) for U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Texas History and Communities.
  • North Central Regional Educational Laboratory: The website offers many different graphic organizers including a compare/contrast matrix and a network tree.
  • Scholastic: The site provides a timeline graphic organizer which is printable.
  • Graphic Organizers: The site offers many graphic organizers for a variety of subjects such as “Two Feet” regarding the history of Labor Day.
  • Cheney: The website provides the “Episodic Summary-Cause Effect” graphic organizer which includes many different boxes such as sequence and event.

 

Written by Grace Ann Stanford

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