Visual illustrations to help students establish and learn connections between concepts. Useful at any stage of learning, graphic organizers can be used to organize new material or to review information already discussed.
Graphic organizers can be used to describe, organize, compare and contrast, classify, and/or sequence information; to establish causal relationships; and to facilitate problem-solving.
Examples and resources
The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) offers examples of several graphic organizers, including a spider map, series of events chain, compare/contrast matrix, and network tree.
The Graphic Organizer presents a table showing a variety of graphic organizers and their uses.