Graphic Organizer Resources from TeachersFirst

Whether you call them concept maps, mind maps, KWLs, or graphic organizers, these visual diagrams show relationships between concepts and provide a powerful tool for learning and connecting new ideas. Creating graphic organizers also helps today's visual learners build reading comprehension. This collection of reviewed resources includes tools for creating graphic organizers and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or grade. Be sure to read the "In the Classroom" suggestions for examples of ways to use graphic organizers as part of a lesson or unit.

 

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Lead Contamination In Our Environment - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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5 to 8
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Help students to understand the threat of lead in our environment and use hands-on activities to enhance critical thinking. ...more
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Help students to understand the threat of lead in our environment and use hands-on activities to enhance critical thinking.

tag(s): pollution (65)

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Take advantage of the lesson plans and more. Have students fill out a graphic organizer as a pre and post assessment about what they know about lead and lead contamination. A KWL chart works well for this. Replace paper graphic organizers with online, interactive graphic organizers at Holt Graphic Organizers, reviewed here. As you work through the unit ask students to write about how to apply the ideas in this curricular unit on the environment and health to their own home lives. Exchange paper journal with a blog tool like Pen.io, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here.

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Environmental Health Hazards and Children - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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4 to 8
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This is a "resource-based curriculum unit designed to teach children the effects that humans have on the environment and how various changes to the environment can affect our health."...more
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This is a "resource-based curriculum unit designed to teach children the effects that humans have on the environment and how various changes to the environment can affect our health."

tag(s): conservation (123), ecology (133)

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Take advantage of the lesson plans and more. Have students fill out a graphic organizer as a pre and post assessment about what they know about environmental hazards. A KWL chart works well for this. Replace paper graphic organizers with online, interactive graphic organizers at Holt Graphic Organizers, reviewed here. As you work through the unit ask students to write about how to apply the ideas in this curricular unit on the environment and health to their own home lives. Exchange a paper journal with a blog tool like Pen.io, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here.

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The Mir Spacecraft - Terror in Space - PBS

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6 to 12
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The Russian Mir space station is how history, but this site from the PBS NOVA series provides a nice overview of the first permanent space station and how it fell ...more
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The Russian Mir space station is how history, but this site from the PBS NOVA series provides a nice overview of the first permanent space station and how it fell victim to the changes in Russia's economy and politics. Great images and interviews, too.

tag(s): space (226)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on space exploration. The activity can be very time consuming if inclusive of everything on the site - to be more efficient pre-select which sections you want students to explore. To guide students along the site we recommend using a graphic organizer. For help finding easy to make or pre-prepared organizers, we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, reviewed here.

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Michelangelo

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9 to 12
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This site provides over 20 enlargeable images of Michelangelo's works with small amounts of both English and Italian text. Useful for art history or image ideas in studio art. ...more
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This site provides over 20 enlargeable images of Michelangelo's works with small amounts of both English and Italian text. Useful for art history or image ideas in studio art.

tag(s): painting (63), sculpture (19)

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Use some of the images on this site to serve as a visual discovery activity during a unit on the Renaissance. Select 3-5 of the more powerful images, placing them on a PowerPoint slideshow. Displaying each image for about 1-2 minutes over the interactive whiteboard or projector, have students jotting down what they observe and infer about the Renaissance based on each individual image. (For help with a graphic organizer, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).) After the class has observed all of the images, have a class discussion tying in what students saw to the trends in art and culture that characterize the Renaissance. This is a refreshing non-lecture method in introducing students to the Renaissance in a World History classroom.

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Himalayan Art Resources

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6 to 12
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This is a beautifully-designed on-line exhibition which shows Himalayan artistic and cultural items in stunning detail. The narrative explains the significance of the items in Tibetan...more
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This is a beautifully-designed on-line exhibition which shows Himalayan artistic and cultural items in stunning detail. The narrative explains the significance of the items in Tibetan culture while explaining some of this history of this ancient land. Suitable for inclusion in any survey of oriental or east Asian art and culture.

tag(s): china (65), india (32)

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Use this site as a resource for a picture-walk in your classroom during a lesson on early Himalayan/Indian Culture. Select 10-15 of the most striking images of this site, print, and hang around the classroom at designated areas. Have students rotate between pictures, every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer. This activity works best if the images selected reflect different aspects of the culture - from agriculture, class-systems, economy, etc. If looking for a graphic organizer to structure the notes more, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Visions of China - CNN

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This site from CNN offers a look at internal and international issues affecting China, considering everything from the rise of a new middle class to the ecological impact of a ...more
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This site from CNN offers a look at internal and international issues affecting China, considering everything from the rise of a new middle class to the ecological impact of a new dam to the future of relations with the United States. While there's plenty of history here, the focus is clearly on how China fits into the current world order. Beautiful design and artwork!

tag(s): china (65), chinese (49)

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Save this as a favorite and use it as a learning center or station during a unit on modern china. This activity works best if students have a graphic organizer to guide them through all of the information. If in need of help with the guide, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here). This would be a great resource for a World History or US government class.

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Submarines! - Smithsonian Institution

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6 to 12
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The Smithsonian presents a very complete look at the historical role of nuclear subs as peacekeepers. ...more
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The Smithsonian presents a very complete look at the historical role of nuclear subs as peacekeepers.

tag(s): navy (9)

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This site is a little text heavy, so be sure to use this with caution! If using as a learning center, pair lower & higher level readers together - allowing your lower level readers to get some help along the way. Because there is a lot of information here, only use if you have a guide or follow-along to help highlight for students what's most important off the site. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, reviewed here.

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Internet for Classrooms - Internet4Classrooms, LLC

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1 to 12
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Internet4classrooms is a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas,...more
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Internet4classrooms is a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home. Information is organized by grade level, or subject area. Web 2.0 tutorials include links for information on: apps for iPod, iTouch, blogs, audio/pod casting, collaboration, graphic organizers, file converters, html editors, open source, organization tools, PLN tools, presentation tools, social bookmarking, survey makers, web browsers, video/photo, Wiki, and Word Cloud Generators. Links for Assessment Assistance give extra ways to assess in a fun technological twist. A daily dose section offers quotes, brain teasers, question of the day, and intersecting trivia. Join an RSS feed to get the latest updated information. Up to date, active links are reviewed continually. At the time of this review the Interactive Test Resource for 7th grade assessment had several broken links.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): graphic organizers (40), polls and surveys (55), professional development (160), social networking (108)

In the Classroom

Keep this bookmarked for a variety of ideas to update your curriculum continually to keep it fresh and intriguing. The technology tutorials can teach old dogs new tricks, or also help young dogs find new tricks. Allow your students to choose from a variety of project ideas for their highest level of motivation. Add as a resource on your web site for fun sites for your students to explore. Use many tools given in tutorials to make your presentations sizzle, for students, teachers, or other audiences. Challenge gifted students with brainteasers, puzzles, accelerated curriculum, or ACT/SAT prep.
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