Graphic organizers can take many forms, but they all help to structure information or illustrate the relationships between objects or ideas. They are also great tools for planning projects, structuring writing assignments, and brainstorming.

Examples: flow charts, box & T-charts, Venn diagrams, models, mind maps, food chain, classifications


Teacher Routine for Graphic Organizers:
How to get students ready
How to give feedback
What comes next
Organize ideas

Illustrate connections

Develop vocabulary

Make sense of data

Plan investigation
Model using an example

Provide checklist or visual rubric
While circulating:
-check for clarity, detail, organization

When collected:
-sticky notes in notebook
-write comments in side column
Make sense of representation

Partner check with “gotta-have” checklist

Summary table

Revise models

Plan investigation to explore gaps or to substantiate claims