Thus, I introduce you to: My graphic organizer station.
Nothing fancy, I think I got the "File Purse" at Target and the manila files I scavenged from a teacher who was retiring.
Some of the graphic organizers are ones I've created myself (like the Venn Bow Tie) but a lot of them I got from Love Learning with Liana's store. It has eight different graphic organizers and they each made the cut!
Let's take a closer look at my station
|Fancy tape = Decorating :P|
2. It has a quick note on what graphic organizers are and that they may be used any time a student thinks it will help. No fancy font, but I used some gold tape, so that counts as being decorative, right?
3. IMPORTANT It has a note about what to do when they take the last graphic organizer. They are to hand me the empty folder (or put it on my desk) so I can make more copies before the last class.
But how am I supposed to know what copies to make from a blank manila folder? I am glad you asked.
|Worksheets taped to the front|
|Compare and Contrast 1|
Since these are all about what helps the student the most I provide all of these options and students can pick the one that works best for them.
|Compare and Contrast 2|
While the main idea of these worksheets is to help students help themselves, you can also use it as an easy way to differentiate a class. If you know one student struggles with finding the author's purpose, and you know that's a task they'll be doing in class, hand them a copy on their way into class (or while they are working). They'll appreciate it, and they'll be better equipped to answer the question when they get to it.
Any graphic organizers I am missing? Do you have a graphic organizer station in your class?
Looking to stock up on some organizers yourself? You can grab my Venn Bow Tie for free here and Liana's are currently free (no idea how long that will last) here.