Graphic OrganizersGraphic Organizers, Mind Maps and Concept Maps are pictorial or graphical ways to organize information and thoughts for understanding, remembering, or writing about. Graphic organizers, mind maps and concept maps are powerful tools that can be used to enhance learning and create a foundation for learning.
Is a picture worth a thousand words? A graphic organizer forms a powerful visual picture of information and allows the mind 'to see' undiscovered patterns and relationships. We use them everyday in our lives. The most common example is the calendar. How can graphic organizers help you and your students?
Until now, we were bound by typewriter mentality and cumbersome paper, pencil and eraser. Newly developed software programs ease designing and rearranging. They allow us to cut, clip, paste and move information at will. Electronic Organizers.
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Apart from relieving boredom, visual display of ideas/information via graphic organisers helps in better understanding and longer retention (memory)... and creates motivation
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Students generate examples of similes in speech and writing using the topic of school. Use the same strategy for teaching metaphors? Click to view.
Do squirrels like people?
A class of children brainstorm questions on the topic of squirrels for descriptive writing and explore future project work. Click to view.
What do sixth graders think about money?
Teacher collects information in an initial discussion on "what they know" about money. Click to view.