By Teachers, For Teachers
Graphic organizer... that’s just a fancy name for a worksheet, right?
Well, not exactly. A graphic organizer is designed to present information in a different, more visual way. These organizers can increase student comprehension because they help students categorize and make sense of the information they are given. They also take the intimidation out of writing assignments because students aren't staring at a blank page.
Or a Venn Diagram?
The diagram presents the information in a visually organized way that can help students better understand the content.
Common Types of Graphic Organizers
Here are some common graphic organizers, which can be used in almost every subject at almost every grade level.
Ideal for compare/contrast assignments. Another variation is the Triple Venn, which allows compare/contrast among three items/topics. (See above)
Stands for “Know,” “Want to Know,” “Learned.” A great way to get students thinking about what they might already know on a topic, what they want or need to know to move forward, and what they learned from a reading assignment or lecture.
Starts with a word in the middle of the page and branches out to include other topics or ideas connected to the central term. An effective written way to brainstorm
Helps students understand something in chronological order – like a story’s plot, a sequence of historical events, or the steps in a scientific process.
Where to Find Graphic Organizers
The Internet offers a wide range of graphic organizer sites. Here are some of the best ones:
A graphic organizer can help your students keep better notes, understand difficult information, or stay awake during that less-than-enthralling lecture. Why not try one today?
How do you use graphic organizers in your classroom? Share in the comments section!