Graphic Organizers

Want a truly organized classroom?  Set up a graphic organizer folder system.

Print out one of each of these organizers and make a folder for each organizer.  Make enough copies of each organizer for your entire class, with a few extras, and put them in the folders.  Have your folders in an easy-to-reach place, so when you are teaching a lesson that lends it's self to a Ven Diagram, you have them on hand!  Pass them out to the students and bam-you can help your students organize their thoughts on the fly!

Working with Text
Pyramid Notes -preparing to read, write or speak
Ven Diagram 1 -use for comparing and contrasting two events/objects/places
Ven Diagram 2 -found at
Laura Candler's website
Three Way Venn Diagram -compare and contrast three events/objects/places
KWL Chart -what do we know, what do we want to know, and what have we learned?
KWL Chart 2 -found at Laura Candler's website
KWLH Chart
-what do we know, what do we want to know, what have we learned and how can we learn more?

KWS Chart
-what do I know, what do I want to know, what are possible sources?

T Chart
-compare, contrast or simply list with two ideas
Card Guts
- students can write their letters on these 'guts' and have them approved before cutting them out and glueing them inside a piece of folded construction paper.  It's just enough lines that they need to fill the whole sheet before they are done.
Discussion Card Template
- Write in your own questions or ask students to write in theirs.

Observation Chart -prompts observations with all five senses

Research/Presentation Help with Graphic Organizers
Internet Source Card -students can record information from website
Non-Fiction Source Card -students can record information from non-fiction books
Research Planning Chart -students can create a plan of attack for their project
Project Timeline -help students prioritize and organize their pace on projects
Project Timeline 2- help students prioritize and organize their pace on projects
Oral Presentation Note Card -students can organize thoughts for oral reports
Then and Now T Chart -great for history lessons
Think, Pair, Share Map -prepare students to meet and discuss with a partner
Think, Pair, Share Chart -guide students through partner discussions
Text Connections -use with text-to-self, text-to-text and text-to-world
Timeline -vertical timeline with seven 'benchmarks'
Timeline 2 -horizontal timeline with space to write in six events
Timeline 3 -vertical timeline, many space for dates and descriptions
Timeline 4 -horizontal timeline with eight blocks to write events in
Person Study -spaces to dissect characteristics of famous/historical personalities
Character Traits Chart -space to list traits and details from the story that support them
What A Character- Graphic organizer for writing about a character's
Question Generating Chart -prompts students to write higher-level thinking questions with their reading
Note Taking Organizer –space for events, people, key terms and facts, great for history
Give One, Get One –bingo chart for students to fill in ideas, both their own and others
Reading Response –space for students to fill in the following while they read: title, author, pages read, summery and literary device

Pre-Reading Prompts –prompts to get students thinking about the book they are about to read

Blooming Words Chart -use with vocabulary or spelling words
Word Bank Chart -space for definition, picture and knowledge connection
Word Castles -space for synonym, antonym, homonym, definition, picture
Two Subject Branching Chart -break two ideas down into details
Vocab cards -space for word/part of speech, picture, definition and sentence
Cognitive Vocabulary Chart -this vocabulary builder has students write the word, predict the meaning, find the actual meaning then draw a quick symbol to help remember the meaning

Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect Chains -follow three events through their effects
Cause and Effect T Chart -space available for students to list under each
This Causes This -a great way to show immediate cause and effect
Fishbone Map -room for four causes

Compare and Contrast
Compare and Contrast Map -gives students boxes to organize thoughts
Compare and Contrast with Book Character -asks students to relate to a book character
Pros and Cons Chart

Concept Web -organize a story or idea into smaller details
Concept Web 2 -a simplified way to organize a story or idea into smaller details
Prior and New Knowledge Chart -a great way to see how much students have grown in a subject area
Who, What, Where, Why, When, How Chart
Story Frame -spaces for a plot skeleton
Story Map -sketch out setting, characters, events and outcome
Spider Map -cute design for brainstorming
Flow Chart -list steps or events in order
Filmstrip Sequencing -space to storyboard six pictures
Picture Sequencing -space to storyboard six pictures

Problem/Solution Chart -match problems with possible solutions
Paragraph Sandwich -build a paragraph with a sandwich as a model
Fact vs. Opinion Chart -separate fact from opinion with this chart
Persuasion Chart -organize persuasion goal, reasons and facts
Inverted Triangle -move from a broad topic to a more specific one
Planning Chart for Non-fiction -helps to focus on a reason and audience in writing non-fiction
ABC Brainstorming -has a square for every letter in the alphabet
Open Mind –students record their thoughts and ideas on quotes and statements.
Journal Template- Create a cover, copy this front and back onto several sheets of paper, fold and staple. Wa-lah: you have a reading response journal!

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