How To Create A Graphic Organizer To Rock At Learning

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Learn how to create a graphic organizer or two and get some step-by-step instructions!

Whether you are going to give homeschooling a go or looking for other ways to support your kids with their learning, graphic organizers can be extremely helpful in getting the job done.

  • They are fun to make (for the older kids, the young ones may need more help with that part).
  • They keep information organized and accessible and
  • They make learning fun!
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Now it’s not just staring at a piece of paper with notes written on both sides!

With a graphic organizer, you can see the information in a whole new way. It keeps the repetition of practice going with added elements of diversity and fun.

As a teacher in a classroom with 6-7 year olds, I would most often prepare the graphic organizers and foldables ahead of time. Otherwise, preparing the graphic organizer or foldable would be an activity all on its own. 😉

All of the following examples begin with a full sheet of 8.5″ X 11″ paper.

To see step-by-step instructions, please watch the YouTube video below.

How To Create A Graphic Organizer

There are example words and ideas included with each graphic organizer.

Any of them can be used and adapted to whatever you need!

Easy 4 Folds

Step 1: Fold the paper lengthwise (the hot dog way), leaving about an inch of space on the other side. Crease it down.

Step 2: Turn the page over and fold it in half.

Step 3: Open the page and fold each side in and crease it to create a fold.

Step 4: Draw/Write the information.

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>>The example shown in the video is all about Pilgrims, giving a space to write about specific details answering the questions who, what, when, and why.

Fun With 4 Flaps

Step 1: Fold the paper in half the hamburger way.

Step 2: Open the page so it is flat and fold each side in half, so you end up with 4 quarters on the page.

Step 3: Open the page again and cut a slit on each side.

Step 4: Write in the information and/or draw pictures.

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>>The example shown in the video is about the 4 seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall with space to write which months go with each season and facts about each one.

Vocabulary Masters

Step 1: Fold the paper lengthwise (the hot dog way), leaving about an inch of space on the other side. Crease it down.

Step 2: Cut the folded page into 10 strips (or however many you’d like to have).

Step 3: Write or draw information.

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This could be a fun way to mix up practicing vocabulary words and phrases!

>>The example shown in the video is weather words. One word is written on each flap. A definition for each word is written on the inside of the flap.

No Folds or Cuts

Step 1: Draw a circle in the middle of the page.

Step 2: Draw 4 (or more) lines coming out of the circle.

Step 3: Draw a circle on the end of each line.

Step 4: Put a word or phrase in the middle that will be the main topic.

Step 5: Write words in the outer circles that describe or relate to the main topic in the middle.

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>> The example in the video has the word ‘Summer’ written in the middle with words in the outer circles that relate to Summer: fireworks, hot weather, watermelon, and barbecues.

Another fun option is to use this as a way for your kids to share about themselves.

They could write their own name in the middle and write 4 things about them in the surrounding circles.

Great Foldable With Multiple Sheets

Try this foldable – its fast and easy to make and can be used for all kinds of different topics!

Take a look at a quick how-to video along with suggested uses for this foldable here.

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The suggestions mentioned in the linked article are geared towards younger kids learning things like the alphabet and colors, but it could be easily adapted to be used for other subjects with older kids as well.

Get Creative

Get creative with using these graphic organizers! Do you have a birthday party you’re planning? Use a graphic organizer to keep track of the preparations.

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Have you recently moved and want to learn the names of your neighbors? Write them in a handy organizer and practice away.

There really is no limit to the different ways you can use these graphic organizers.

Bookmark this article so you can quickly refer back and pick the organizer that best fits your needs with each situation.

Share The Love!

If you have other friends and family looking for ways to help their kids (let’s be honest, that’s basically everyone!), share this with them to keep the learning ball rolling.

One of the best parts about sharing is that you both benefit and you can continue to share ideas with one another as you try different organizers with a variety of topics.

What will you use these graphic organizers for?

Please share in the comments below so others can benefit from your ideas!

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