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Example Graphic Organizers
Learn About Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers help learners to think about, visualize, and arrange their knowledge. In a conventional classroom setting, most teachers rely on talking, reading, and writing for representing and communicating concepts. Studies show that when learners create nonlinguistic representations of their knowledge there is increased activity in the brain (Gerlic & Jausovec, 1999). Whether creating a concept map, a flow chart, or a simple storyboard, learners must draw upon analysis skills to clarify relationships, organize their thoughts, and formulate plans or process steps. The process of creating the representations helps learners retain information and extends learners’ ability to convey and exchange their thinking in collaborative group work.
Bring New Strategies to Your Classroom
Using graphic organizers is a universal strategy that is equally appropriate across all grades and subject / learning areas. It can be introduced at the beginning of a project and referred to throughout, and used as a means of assessment. There are many uses for graphic organizers.
Many types of graphic organizers can be used across grades and subject / learning areas.
Concept Maps >
Concept maps help learners cluster and brainstorm ideas and information. A causal map is a specific kind of concept map that shows cause-and-effect relationships.
Sequencing Activities >
These activities help learners to sequence information and organize their thoughts in a logical way. These include chain of events, timelines, and storyboard planners.
Classification Charts >
T-charts and Venn diagrams are charts that help learners organize information visually for comparing, contrasting, or finding similarities and differences.
Prioritized Lists >
These lists help learners analyze and prioritize information while evaluating criteria for their decisions.
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