Graphic Organizers help studentsclassify ideas and communicate more effectively. Graphic organizers can be used to structure writing projects, help in problem solving and decision making, studying, planning research and brainstorming.
There are many types of graphic organziers, in fact, parents may be using some now at home. Clocks, chore charts, schedules and to-do lists. Other types used in classrooms include Venn diagrams, Compare/Contrast, Pros/Cons, Weather Charts, and Sequencing Organizers. They can even be used to categorize parts and systems of plants, bodies and regions of the United States. Graphic Organizers often take the form of worksheets, or even games like BINGO.
Here is an example of a Thought Cloud generated to capture the Big Ideas of the Immune System lesson. These key concepts are posted throughout the lesson so that students have a visual aid to help them group details beneath each key concept. These concepts can be used as discussion prompts, writing prompts and project ideas.
The graphic organizer most frequently used in my class is, of course, the USDA's MyPlate diagram:
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