Reading Graphic Organizers
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.
Why Use Graphic Organizers
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.
Worksheets for Leveled Books, Serial Books, and Trade Book Lessons contain at least one graphic organizer specific to each book, but you can use any graphic organizer with any text to support comprehension.