I am a big fan of graphic organizers for promoting critical thinking and encouraging comprehension and organization of thoughts. I wrote on the Big Universe Blog before about Graphic Organizers: What Do You Know?
I found some Graphic Organizers that I had not seen before, so I decided to share them with you!
All of the ones on this Education Place page are good, but I thought I would highlight a few of them (the words in parentheses are just my thoughts and ideas about some ways they could possibly be used … there are lots of other ways too) :
- E-Chart (for emphasizing main idea and supporting details … could use with reading to have students identify the differences in those things and/or with writing as a way to brainstorm specific parts)
- Goal-Reasons Web (this could also be used for main idea and supporting details as well as for explaining the reasons a decision was made … it could also be used to place inferences made in the goal circle and then details that led to the inference in the reason circles)
- Observation Chart (this one has 5 columns for the 5 senses … when teaching descriptive writing, I would encourage my students to not only think about the way something looked, but to also think about how it tasted, felt, sound … this chart would have been very helpful … think about the ways students could use it when encountering information about a new topic or place)
- ISP Chart (3 columns for students to take notes of information, sources, and pages … great for teaching the basics of research, pulling in ideas from various sources, or just taking notes to remember things)
So I encourage you to go explore and find different way to keep track of thoughts and to represent thinking ….. but most of all …. THINK while you READ!