Digital Graphic Organizers

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 diagramVenn diagram: Lets students write similarities and differences on a topic.


KWL chartKWL: Lets students list: what I know, what I want to know, what I have learned.


TimelineTimeline: Lets students plot dates and events over a specified time period.


Evaluation chartEvaluation: Lets students identify criteria, explain whether it was successful and why, and provide evidence.

Cause and effect chainCause and effect chain: Lets students identify actions that caused other actions and their effects.

Fishbone plannerFishbone planner: Lets students list advantages and disadvantages of a topic.


Word web-semantic mapWord web / semantic map: Lets students branch ideas out from a main topic into subtopics.

Flow chartFlow chart: Lets students display the linear relationship among several things.


Hexagonal thinkingHexagonal 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 mapCharacter map: Lets students list important information about a character, like what the character says and what the student thinks of the character.

Cornell note-takingCornell note-taking: Lets students list main points and evidence, details and location.

Plot diagramPlot diagram: Lets students show how a plot builds, climaxes and resolves.


Vocabulary clusterVocabulary cluster: Lets students identify synonyms, antonyms and related words to a specific word.

Vocabulary concept mapVocabulary concept map: Lets students make connections to other words from a specific vocabulary term.

Think about your thinkingThink about your thinking: Helps students think through their decisions and how they arrived at their conclusions.

Kim Pruitt

Post author: Kim Pruitt

I am currently a 5th grade ELA teacher at Presbyterian Day School implementing technology for a blended learning environment. I received an Elementary Education Degree at Mississippi College and my Masters in Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Memphis. I have attended Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero and I use thinking routines through digital writing, collaboration, and reflection to develop deeper cognitive learning.

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