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Graphic Organizers for Elementary Student Writing

I think we all know how valuable and helpful graphic organizers are for our students. This collection gives you resources for high-quality graphic organizers for various kinds of writing for elementary Language Arts students. I also included an article from a teacher who thinks graphic organizers can be overused and a summary of research that showed graphic organizers were beneficial for students with learning disabilities.
A Collection By Amelia Franz
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Graphic Organizers for Elementary Student Writing
  • Amelia Franz says:
    At only $1.00, I think this Teachers Pay Teachers resource is a steal! Guide your students through all stages of the writing process, beginning with graphic organizers, to write about their superhero powers. This will be very appealing to early elementary students, both boys and girls. It is a PowerPoint file, so you'll need to have this program in order to print out the materials.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This "Oreo Opinions" organizer is really cute, and will appeal to younger elementary-aged students. I've never seen a second-grader who didn't love Oreos! It will challenge them to distinguish between reasons and examples, and also restate their opinion. You can buy the packet from Teachers Pay Teachers (created by Lesson Plan Diva), but the link goes to the Oreo Opinions freebie.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    There are several graphic organizers on this page by teacher Vicky Moore, but I especially liked the idea of using real paper plates for Venn diagrams for comparison-contrast writing.
  • Printable Graphic Organizers

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    superteacherworksheets.com
    superteacherworksheets.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    The three hamburger and flower paragraph writing organizers will be useful for first, second, and third graders. There are many other organizers available on this site, as well.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Third-grade teacher Genia Connell writes about how she uses graphic organizers for writing In her third-grade classroom. She includes lots of examples of her organizers, and also photographs of her students working. Common Core standards are also listed at the end of the article.
  • ed.psu.edu
    ed.psu.edu

    Graphic Organizers Aid Students With Learning Disabilities

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    Amelia Franz says:
    This article highlights the findings in a recent study published in Learning Disability Quarterly. The study showed a "large, positive effect" on testing performances of students with learning disabilities who used graphic organizers. Interestingly, the research showed that students with lower verbal abilities benefitted more from graphic organizers than students with higher verbal ability.
  • collaborativeclassroom.org
    collaborativeclassroom.org

    To Use, or Not to Use Graphic Organizers

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    Amelia Franz says:
    Need a different perspective on graphic organizers? A teacher posting on Center for the Collaborative Classroom suggests that graphic organizers should be used carefully and moderately. Why? Although she does use graphic organizers and concedes that they are very helpful, she believes they can limit student creativity and originality.
  • Here's the Scoop

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    teacherspayteachers.com
    teacherspayteachers.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    I included this resource in the collection because it's so simple and will appeal to your students. It was designed to retell the beginning, middle, and ending of a story, but it could also be used as a way to plan a narrative.
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