Graphic Organizers that show relationships:

  • Cause & Effect: This type of Graphic Organizer is used to help students identify the problem and come up with possible solutions. It illustrates the problem solving process.
  • Fishbone: Analyzing the ways in which different aspects of a problem or issue are related. Can be used to organize the main topics to subtopics, or to analyze the causes of something.

Graphic Organizers that organize information into Categories

  • Concept Maps: Used to brainstorm concepts and identify how they relate to each other with the use of labeled cells/bubbles.
  • Know-Wonder-Learn (KWL): Students can use KWL to identify their background knowledge on a topic or issue (in the beginning of class), what they would like to learn (throughout the class) and what they have learned (at the end of the class).
  • Mind Mapping: Students can use mind mapping to organize information in categories and make problem-solving decisions.

Graphic Organizers that compare and contrast

  • Compare & Contrast: Students can use it to compare and contrast the attributes of two or more ideas/concepts
  • Venn Diagram: To identify the differences and similarities between two or three ideas/concepts. It consists two or three overlapping circles.
  • T-Charts: To list the prow and the cons of an idea/concept.

Graphic Organizers that show sequence, order or the development

  • Flow Chart: Visual display of the sequence of a list of ideas. Various symbols can be used to illustrate things such as direction of the flow or central points.
  • Ladder: Shows the order of a list of ideas or events.
  • Chain: It depicts a chain of events, timeline.
  • Picture Web: A visual representation of a list of ideas or concepts.
  • Story Board: Provides the scenes of a story.
  • Story Map: Maps out the elements of a story.
  • Cycle: Used to indicate how concepts relate to each other when there is no beginning or end (for example, lifecycle of caterpillar, butterfly, etc.)