BY: REBECCAH HAINES
Has this situation ever happened to you? You’ve gotten word of a last-minute assembly at school. The daily schedule is about to change, and your classes will only last 30 minutes. That awesome inquiry lab you had planned for today is just not going to make it. So what do you do now? When I’m in this situation I often turn to the Graphic Organizers at Eduplace.com.
We all use graphic organizers. They help students make meaning of text and organize their thoughts. And as described in the situation above, they can be pulled into a lesson quickly to make it a more meaningful learning experience. At the graphic organizers page you will find 38 graphic organizers in easily downloadable and printable PDF forms. For those days when you just want the students to do an old-fashioned paper-and-pencil task, these graphic organizers are great. Another way that I use this website is by allowing my students to select the graphic organizer they want to use as they read a selection of text, or summarize the day’s notes. You never know when a “Sandwich” graphic organizer is going to do the trick for student understanding.
Though this website isn’t high tech, it is really useful for a teacher pressed for time, or for a teacher looking to allow her students some autonomy in making meaning of texts.