Rationale<br />Graphic organizers benefit students by making comprehensible input visible, orderly and organized. <br />Ideas and concepts are easily manipulated and applied.<br />Concepts and ideas are manageable because there is a concrete place to put them and apply them later.<br />
Venn Diagram<br />Venn Diagrams are useful when comparing and contrasting two things.<br />Examples include comparing two stories, science concepts (animals, lifecycles, matter)<br />To apply this graphic organizer, the differences (contrasts) go in the outer circle and the similarities (comparisons) go in the middle where the two circles intersect.<br />
Process Grid<br />Process Grids are excellent when summarizing concepts. <br />Like the name states, you make a grid of information.<br />An example would be comparing animals. Vertically would be the animals names and horizontally would be the information (physical characteristics, habitat, eating habits, etc.)<br />Students are then able to use this information to write paragraphs about their research subject.<br />
Pictorial Input Chart<br />This type of graphic organizer takes a central picture or pictures and adds labels to highlight key concepts.<br />The information is presented in short phrases or key words instead of paragraph form.<br />The picture helps to reinforce key concepts by providing a visual representation.<br />
Inquiry Chart<br />Inquiry charts are a nice introduction to a new unit. <br />You split your paper into two columns making a vertical line at top to form a “t”.<br />On the left, you write “What I know about __”<br />On the right, “What I want to know about __”<br />Throughout the unit of study, you come back to the chart to answer questions, correct assumptions and add new learnings.<br />
KWL Chart<br />The inquiry chart and KWL chart are very similar. <br />The difference is with the KWL chart, you have 3 columns: What I know. What I want to know. What I learned.<br />You use students prior knowledge (Column 1) and generated questions (Column 2) to help guide your lessons.<br />At the end of the unit, fill in the third column, What I learned.<br />
Web Chart<br />Web charts are useful to generate ideas especially in writing.<br />Your central idea is in the center circle. Supporting details web out from the topic like a spider web.<br />This graphic organizer can start out very simple or be more complex.<br />Good chart to use to introduce graphic organizers to students.<br />
In Review<br />Graphic organizers benefit all students.<br />They make concepts and information visually represented.<br />Good for brainstorming or organizing ideas.<br />Excellent source of information for later paragraph writing.<br />Takes difficult concepts and allows them to be comprehensible.<br />
Now it’s your turn!<br />If you have not used graphic organizers before or may only use them every so often, do more!<br />I find myself after using more of them thinking in the form of graphic organizers all the time.<br />Beware, wall space gets depleted real quick!<br />Go forth and EDUCATE!!!!<br />
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