Helpful graphic organizers for compiling information of preliminary research phases.

These organizers are always a great way to start an investigation. A great introduction to the process of scientific inquiry. We spread these out into a wide variety of shapes and objects. In journalism they often say every story needs to explain, at least, four of these traits to be affective to any degree to the reader. I would say that this should get you started on your way.

We offer a number of unique shapes and patterns that kids will enjoy! We here often from Science and Current Events teachers that these graphic organizers are very helpful with their day to day routines. Scroll down to see everything that we offer.

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Printable Who, What, When, Where, Why Charts

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Circle Chart Worksheet

Circle Chart

There is plenty of space to work with here. Make sure to turn your background printing on to get everything going.

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Flower Worksheet

Flower Shape

A little beauty never hurts. This has a bit of a spring theme to it for you.

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Linked Round Orgainzer Worksheet

Linked Rounded Rectangles

This also doubles as a timeline or staged story map. It really helps you mark out a stellar path to improve yourself.

Pyramid Graphic Worksheet

Pyramid

This is used all the time in science settings. It helps seperate all types of things by their biomass.

Rounded Worksheet

Rounded Rectangles

Super helpful for narrowing down ideas from a central topic and sound central theme.

Star Worksheet

Star Shape

If you have a lot to say about the theme, I would you this version.

Wagon Wheel Worksheet

Wagon Wheel

This is really cool to use if you are working on a topic that involves transportation.

How to Motivate Children to Ask More Questions

Why don't children ask questions? Well, why does an adult hesitate to ask questions?

The answer to both questions is simple and quite obvious; they don't want to seem less intelligent than other people. It's a common misconception in students, especially children, that asking more questions makes the teacher perceive you negatively. Children may feel like their questions aren't valued, consume too much time or cast a pessimistic light on their performance.

This hesitation in asking questions results in the child falling behind other kids who ask questions despite what other people may think, and the teacher continues to wonder what went wrong. At that moment, asking a question can seem anxiety-provoking as it shifts the attention from the mentor to the student. It isn't easy to phrase your question in the most sensible manner in order to explain what you don't understand without feeling nervous or wavering when ten sets of eyes are focused on you.

Why Asking Questions is Essential

If students in your class or children back at home are hesitant to ask you questions, something's wrong. It is your responsibility as a guide to help eliminate their hesitation so they can fully understand and enjoy the learning experience. Knowledge is power, and asking questions increases your understanding of any phenomenon, which is why it's essential to work through any confusion you may have, and asking questions provides clarity. Continue reading this blog to discover how you can motivate children to ask more questions without feeling nervous about interrupting the fast-paced learning environment in a classroom.

Communicate

Children often misunderstand their obligations as students and reach the conclusion that their job is to answer questions, not ask them. As the teacher or mentor, it is your responsibility to change their perception regarding learning. Communicate with children and explain why asking questions is a necessary, appreciated, and critical part of learning and how it can help them understand the subject matter better. Assisting children in developing their questioning skills, like forming clearer, direct questions that pinpoint their problem, will also allow you to provide enriched answers.

Even at home, children should be able to ask questions about simple things that they do not understand without feeling hesitant. When children know that they have the right to question and how asking the right questions can improve their learning, they will feel more motivated to approach you. You have to let them know that you expect them to ask questions and that there is nothing wrong with needing more clarity; it shows that they care and listen to you.

Create an Environment Where Questions are Valued

If the culture within your home or classroom or the manner in which you teach disables children from feeling comfortable enough to ask a question, you need to improve the culture and change your teaching style. As a mentor with extensive amounts of information to cover and relay, you may feel like you don't have enough time to answer questions. However, it is essential to understand that if children do not understand what you taught them previously, they will find it difficult to learn what you teach them next. Always take time out at the end of each session to ask children whether they have any questions and answer them in the easiest manner possible. The only way to ensure that your student understands what you're teaching them is to take a closer look at the number and quality of questions they are asking you. Make the act of asking questions casual and a part of the routine, so every child feels comfortable asking questions. When you appreciate questions and provide clear, detailed answers, children feel less hesitant to communicate their problems with you.