Graphic organizers can support all subject areas, languages, and
levels of learning. Our collections for primary (grades K-2) and intermediate
(grades 3-6) are arranged according to the reading strategy, comprehension
skill, or learning process they best facilitate. The majority of the
organizers in both collections can be adapted for use in all classrooms and
for learners of all abilities. All graphic organizer PDFs are editable for use in a digital classroom environment, or downloadable and printable so students can complete them using pen or pencil.
The human brain naturally looks for connections between old and
new information. Additionally, studies have shown that the brain
processes information most efficiently in chunks. Graphic organizers
complement both of these processes by helping students:
Visually sort new information into familiar categories
Analyze the relationships between old and new information
Create a simple structure for thinking about information in new ways
Review concepts and demonstrate understanding
Graphic organizers can be used in all phases of learning from
brainstorming ideas to presenting research findings.
How to Use Graphic Organizers
Teacher guidance may be necessary when using graphic organizers with early readers.
As readers progress, they may benefit from completing the organizers independently.