Here are 15 graphic organizers that can be used for many different subject areas and grade levels. Make a copy of any of them and adapt them for your own use:
Venn diagram: Lets students write similarities and differences on a topic.
KWL: Lets students list: what I know, what I want to know, what I have learned.
Timeline: Lets students plot dates and events over a specified time period.
Evaluation: Lets students identify criteria, explain whether it was successful and why, and provide evidence.
Cause and effect chain: Lets students identify actions that caused other actions and their effects.
Fishbone planner: Lets students list advantages and disadvantages of a topic.
Word web / semantic map: Lets students branch ideas out from a main topic into subtopics.
Flow chart: Lets students display the linear relationship among several things.
Hexagonal thinking: Lets students connect ideas with multiple contact points. I first learned about hexagonal thinking at Google Teacher Academy in Austin, Texas, in December 2014.
Character map: Lets students list important information about a character, like what the character says and what the student thinks of the character.
Cornell note-taking: Lets students list main points and evidence, details and location.
Plot diagram: Lets students show how a plot builds, climaxes and resolves.
Vocabulary cluster: Lets students identify synonyms, antonyms and related words to a specific word.
Vocabulary concept map: Lets students make connections to other words from a specific vocabulary term.
Think about your thinking: Helps students think through their decisions and how they arrived at their conclusions.