Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Graphic Organizers That (REALLY) Rock!

We all use graphic organizers, and if we don't we should! Differentiating our instruction is essential to meeting the needs of all our students, and many, many of them are visual learners. In addition, all of our students need to make connections, and all need to organize their learning, an important metacognitive skill.

***Attention, high school teachers: these are NOT just for elementary grades! ***

So, for your toolkit, a list of great websites that provide FREE and fantastic graphic organizers:
  1. Education Oasis has organizers for Cause & Effect, Character & Story, and Vocabulary Development, among many others. 
  2. Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers offers a huge variety for different concepts, including Evaluating & Making Decisions and Persuading & Supporting a Position.
  3. Education Place (from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) has several choices, including an ISP Chart (Information, Sources, Page). I can see this one being used to cite evidence, a skill emphasized in the Common Core Standards.
  4. Freeology provides or links to, in their words, "over 100 free, printable graphic organizers for a wide variety of topics." It's amazing!
and finally, WorksheetWorks, which has a free generator for 12 basic types of graphic organizers that you can make your own!

FREE makes me happy, and sharing a variety of resources for YOU makes me even happier!