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# Printable Classroom Graphic Organizers

## Decision Making Map

Have students identify decision to be made in the "Problem(s)" box. Determine the desired outcome of the decision. Have students list several possible decisions to solve the problem and then briefly note the positive and negative traits of each decision. Have students determine a final decision and provide a rationale for this choice.

## Class Decision Chart

List four qualities for each possible decision vertically at the top. The scoring system is open, but we suggest a 1 to 5 scoring system. Have each student choose his or her own score for each quality. Depending upon the grade level, you can have students determine the class average or class total for each quality. Based on the class total, have students determine the class decision.

## KWHL Diagram

This can be used as an anticipatory set for a unit plan.

## QPA Diagram

This can be used to predict and test the accuracy of the predictions to eight everyday questions.

## Timeline

Use these timelines as visual organizers for evaluating series of events.

## Staggered Timeline

This helps you stages a series of events in an arrangement that mirrors a number line.

## Chain Reaction

This organizer is meant to be used as a vertical timeline of events. The antecedents and the consequence of each event should be labeled properly.

## Web

Determine a central theme or topic and then list related items in each circle.

## Jig Saw

Each four-piece set symbolizes a centralized theme. Each piece identifies a subtheme.

## Main Idea Triangle

This organizer is used to help students identify the main idea of a reading passage or literary piece. Students then provide three supporting details as to proof of this.

## Topic Brainstorm

List the topic in the top box. Then list brainstorm ideas below.

## The Boot

This organizer will help you identify the salient points of a story.

## Double Squid Model

This organizer is used to identify two central themes of a topic and three subdivisions of these themes.

## Steps

Use each step organizer to identify five key events in a literary piece or data driven body of work.

## Train Tracks

This is a good organizer to help students identify meta-cognitive steps to solving a problem.

## Simple Web

This is used to identify sub-categories of a central theme.

## Concept/Event Map

This is used to identify key qualities of a concept or event.

## Sequence Organizers

The center vertical row boxes identify the main sequence of events this organizer is focused on. In the vertical box to the left, identify a concurrent series of events to the main event. If needed, use the vertical boxes on the right to identify yet another series of events.

## Pizza Topic

Use each slice of the pizza to identify a quality of the central topic.

## Cycle Organizer

Have the students identify the cycle to be described by having them draw a graphical representation of the cycle directly in the middle of the large circle. Then have students write the important points of the cycle in each box.

## Leading to the Main Idea

Have students write the five main details of a topic. Based on those details, have them determine the main idea.

## Group Planning Chart

This organizer is very helpful during all cooperative learning activities.

## Individual Project Plan Organizer

Have students complete this after reviewing your expectations of them for an upcoming project.

## Fishbone Model

In the large box to the right, have students identify a body of work, person, or events. In the four remaining boxes, have students identify main ideas, series of events, or qualities. On the crosshatch lines have students provide supporting details for each main idea, event, or quality.

## Storyboarding

Have students either draw representations or text descriptions of the main events that will take place in a story students are about to write.

This is an organizer to use as a reflection tool. This can be used on the first day of class.

## Brainstorming

This is a complete brainstorm map to be used early in the brainstorming process.

Identify the series of events that take place as the story builds to a climax.

## Venn Diagram

Identify two topics symbolized by each circle. Identify qualities that are similar between each topic in the section where the circles meet. Identify qualities unique to each individual topic in the non-meeting section of each circle.

## Graphic Organizer Rubric

This is a basic organizer rubric for evaluating student work.

## How to Use Graphic Organizers with Students

Teachers have one of the most impossible jobs on the planet. We need to be experts in content, manage a room full of beings that do not want to be there, and get them to be motivated to understand the content that we are experts in. That is literally the goal of an administrator, but there are a thousand other things along the way. How Teachers Can Organize Their Classrooms?

Are you the kind of teacher who keeps saying, "I know it's somewhere here. It has to be here?" When you rummage through your drawers and couldn't find your most important document, or your children's progress report, and even after wasting hours, you couldn't find, you freak out. If you are that person, then maybe its time to learn to organize your classroom and its belongings. Not to worry, you are not alone in this quandary!

Visual learning can help children to learn more effectively. As teachers, it is always a challenge to devise new methods to help students take an interest in learning. While theoretical learning is essential, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. To make sure your class can grasp the concepts correctly, you may need to dig deeper into their strengths and weaknesses. Graphic organizers are practical tools to make the learning process easier.

What are They?

Graphic organizers are visual aids designed to help us take in information more efficiently. Instructors use them to identify important information, organize concepts, and simplify complex data to understand better. You can use graphical charts at any teaching level.

There are many types of graphic organizers. Each of them has a unique purpose. For example, you can use a Venn diagram to identify similarities and differences between two elements. An idea web can help students to organize ideas about a particular topic. Similarly, you can use a KWL chart to help children analyze their knowledge by pointing out what they already know and what they want to learn. Using a T-chart can help you when comparing different subjects.

All the different types have their uses. However, the goal of each graphic organizer has its own unique use.

The Effective Use of Graphic Organizers

It is vital to use graphical charts to support student learning. However, you may need to use the correct type at the right instance to get the most out of it. There are many effective ways of using visual aids in the classroom. If your students understand why you are using a specific graphic organizer, they can learn and perform better. We have mentioned some of the common goals for using graphical representation below.

Mentally Organizing Information

Graphical charts help you to organize information better. Unlike theoretical clutter, visual aids support your ability to conceptualizing meaning better. They can make sense of different concepts without seeking external assistance.

To Illustrate Complex Data

Graphical data helps you arrange valuable information in the simplest way possible. If you teach complex concepts to your students, using visual aids can ease the process. This is especially true in the case of scientific concepts. You may use diagrams to represent theoretical data to support better learning.

To Teach Arithmetic Functions

Learning mathematical formulas can be difficult for students in the initial stages. However, graphical representation of arithmetic functions can make it easier. Often, children lose interest too early while learning formulas. You can induce interest by using colored diagrams to show different formulas.

To Illustrate Step-By-Step Guides

Breaking down concepts into smaller steps can ease the learning process for students. If you want to teach a topic involving many steps, you can break them down into small pieces and represent them visually. You can also use keywords to create blocks of information for step-by-step learning.

To Create Storyboards

Students love to read stories. You can cash this opportunity to impart learning. By creating visually appealing storyboards, you can engage students to learn complex concepts. Creating storyboards paints a picture in the student’s mind. It helps them remember concepts that they would quickly forget otherwise.

A graphic organizer is one of the most effective tools to engage students in learning. Whether you need to teach a kindergarten or a high school student, visual aids can help you achieve more with less. They help take the student’s mind off the traditional theoretical learning. While this may be true, it is vital to know which type of graphical chart can best fit your needs as a teacher.