Graphic organizers, content maps and content webs all refer to visual aids created by teachers to help students visual concepts and organize information into an understandable pattern. Here are free printable graphic organizers and content maps.
Graphic organizers came into vogue and became a buzzword in education in the late 1980s. Many teachers, especially special education teachers trained in the late 1970s and early 1980s have always recognized the benefit of organizing content visually. In my special education training (1982-1986) we were drilled in making content ‘hands-on’, ‘student-friendly’, ‘approachable’, ‘digestible’. We were taught to break content down into ‘managable tasks’ and ‘bite-sized information’. Special educators were teaching ‘interactive’ and ‘user-friendly’ lessons, decades before these terms became common parlance.
And we did all this with no digital devices, computer generated material or internet. The highest level of classroom technology was an overhead projector and shared AV equipment dating back to the 1950s. So we got creative. These free printable graphic organizers represent countless teaching hours spent in creating materials that help students learn and understand.
Eduplace (click here) has over 35 different free printable graphic organizers and content maps. Most of these graphic organizers can be used to teach a variety of content area material. There are free printable KWL charts (Know-Want to Know-Learned), story maps, observation charts (for science), word webs, cluster maps, ISP charts (Information, Sources, Pages), E-Charts, T-Charts, flow charts, spider charts, clocks, Venn Diagram, Tree charts, 5 Ws Chart, Inverted Triangle chart, KWS chart (What I Know, What I Want to Know, Possible Sources), Ice Cream Cone Chart, Sandwich chart, sequencing charts, ladder charts, story webs, planning charts, wheel charts and many more free printable graphic organizers. These free printable graphic organizers are available in Spanish also.
Super Teacher Worksheets (click here) has over 20 free printable graphic organizers. Free printable Venn diagrams, column charts, story maps, content webs, paragraph organizers using hamburger and flower models, wheel charts and much more.
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