Graphic organizers can be SO beneficial for students when they are having difficulty organizing their thoughts. Of course, they can be used with kiddos who are able to express themselves using written words, but they can also be used in conjunction with picture cards and or verbal communication for kiddos who do not have that skill. Terri Bowles recently shared come great graphic organizers with me that she uses on a regular basis:
This ‘spider chart’ or ‘brainstorm web’ can be used to describe with an item (and can be used with the EET method).
The “Frayer Model” is another popular method used to develop describing skills.
2 different models that can be used to compare and contrast are the venn diagram and this compare and contrast chart. I have also used hula hoops and post-it notes or pictures to explain the venn diagram. It seems to really help kiddos understand how it works.
Other great options for graphic organization include:
(All of these options came from WorksheetWorks.com originally)
Do you use graphic organizers in therapy? Which ones do you find to be the most beneficial? Are there others that I have missed?