Graphic organizers

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:

Y chart

decision making chart

t chart

cycle diagram

(All of these options came from 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?




One thought on “Graphic organizers

  1. Candra Grether says:

    Yes, I love graphic organizers! I have a paid account with for CEU videos and one that I watched and enjoyed last school year was on vocabulary. They discussed the Frayer Model that you referenced above as well as another organizer (I can’t remember if the organizer had a name but the CEU is called Building Better Vocabulary for Middle and High School students). It is a 2×3 table with the first row of three labeled “synonym/antonym”, “word” and “other forms of the word” and the second row of three labeled “sentence (in text)”, “picture” (can be real or drawn) and “sentence (original)”. Since we all learn differently, when working on vocab I give students the option of using the Frayer Model, the table I described or the EET (a sheet with the EET colored dots). Most students pick the EET but they are familiar with all three vocabulary organizers. If anyone wants a copy of the table I described feel free to e-mail me at

    Also, I love Jenna Rayburn from the Speech Room News blog and have some of her vocabulary visuals velcroed to my wall for easy access (I would attach a picture but there isn’t an option to do so in comments). Students like her Venn Diagram for comparing and contrasting as it has fill in the blank sentences at the bottom (“_ & _ are both _” and “_ is _, but _ is _”). Her visuals can be found here:

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