Well…not really…! But they do seem to make life easier in the classroom! They provide students with a way to scaffold their thoughts AND they can help them retain information.
I love to use graphic organizers across all subjects, and I hope that by the end of the year my fifth graders feel comfortable making their own organizers to showcase their thinking! One of my favorite subjects for graphic organizers is Social Studies. Here are some examples at the different grade levels:
In fifth grade:
Students are comparing historical figures from a time period. They are expected to record that figure’s contribution and have room for more information. I like to use these organizers in interactive notebooks for students to access later.
In second grade:
Finally, their graphic organizers can prepare them to do some writing:
In first grade:
Students can focus on an individual historical figure to look at their accomplishments.
And finally, they can reflect on the character of that historical figure!
How do you incorporate graphic organizers into your students’ learning?