Graphic Organizer Resources from TeachersFirst

Whether you call them concept maps, mind maps, KWLs, or graphic organizers, these visual diagrams show relationships between concepts and provide a powerful tool for learning and connecting new ideas. Creating graphic organizers also helps today's visual learners build reading comprehension. This collection of reviewed resources includes tools for creating graphic organizers and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or grade. Be sure to read the "In the Classroom" suggestions for examples of ways to use graphic organizers as part of a lesson or unit.

 

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African American Odyssey - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress offers this nine-part introduction to the history of African Americans. The site relies on primary sources - images, letters, speeches - to illustrate contemporary...more
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The Library of Congress offers this nine-part introduction to the history of African Americans. The site relies on primary sources - images, letters, speeches - to illustrate contemporary views and chronicle their evolution from the Revolution through the civil rights movement. There are hundreds of ways to adapt this material to the classroom, and the site offers numerous suggestions and starting points. This one's a must!

tag(s): africa (169), african american (109)

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Use the images on this site for a picture-walk during a unit on African American History, from slavery to Emancipation. Print and hang pictures around the classroom, with students assigned to different stations. Have students rotate around the classroom, looking at a new image every minute. Once students have walked through everything, have a class discussion about what students saw and learned. This activity works best with a graphic organizer - to create one, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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FEMA Hurricane Page - US Government

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This is another route to government data on forecast information, storm tracks, disaster management information, hurricane preparedness, and related issues. FEMA also publishes a manual...more
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This is another route to government data on forecast information, storm tracks, disaster management information, hurricane preparedness, and related issues. FEMA also publishes a manual titled Surviving the Storm which can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat file using the link below.

tag(s): weather (200)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on hurricanes and similar extreme weather systems. Have students examine the site on classroom computers, preferably with the assistance of a graphic organizer. We recommend creating graphic organizers before the activity, giving students focus as well as highlighting what is most important to know from the site. For help making guides, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Yugoslavia and the Balkans - BBC

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7 to 12
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This BBC site presents an elegant retracing of the history of the Balkans and their ethnic divisions. While it concentrates on the present, the information includes timelines going...more
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This BBC site presents an elegant retracing of the history of the Balkans and their ethnic divisions. While it concentrates on the present, the information includes timelines going back hundreds of years which show the origins of many present-day conflicts. Good resource for teachers or students working individually or in groups.

tag(s): yugoslavia (2)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII and how borders and political boundaries were changed in the aftermath. This activity will work best if students have a graphic organizer to follow with, we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Scottish History - BBC

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6 to 12
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This on-line treatment from the BBC offers lots of depth, particularly in its treatment of early and medieval Scotland. It's not turf that's found in the typical American curriculum,...more
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This on-line treatment from the BBC offers lots of depth, particularly in its treatment of early and medieval Scotland. It's not turf that's found in the typical American curriculum, but this site might appeal to students interested in a world cultures report with a different twist. The site could also be useful as background for study of English literature.

tag(s): britain (34), scotland (6)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Scottish History or specifically a lesson on Mary Queen of Scots, or the Reformation. Be sure to save the section you want to use as a favorite on classroom computers to ensure easy access for students & to help keep them on task. This learning center would work best with a graphic organizer. To help make one for your class, we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Genealogy of the Kings & Queens of Europe

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6 to 12
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Relationships and biographies of important monarchs ...more
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Relationships and biographies of important monarchs

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Although it is a little text-heavy, this website is a great way to relay the inter-connectivity between early British monarchs and Christianity. Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the early monarchs and religion. To direct students, we recommend using a graphic organizer to help them focus in on what are the most important parts of the site. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using a site such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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All About the European Union - European Union

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9 to 12
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The EU has created a web page that provides summary information in a format with which most students can cope. This site is still somewhat Eurocentric, but it outlines ...more
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The EU has created a web page that provides summary information in a format with which most students can cope. This site is still somewhat Eurocentric, but it outlines the basic principles behind European cooperation and economic interdependence. As such, it could be a valuable starting point for students interested in exploring the future of Europe.

tag(s): europe (74)

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Use this site as an introductory point for a unit on economic unions such as the EU. Have students explore the site in pairs or cooperative learning groups in order to understand more about the principles and advantages of membership. This activity works well with a graphic organizer to guide students OR as a means for students to explore on their own with the intentions of presenting what they deem to be the most important points to the class. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Samples of Greetings in Russian

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6 to 12
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This is a simple site that has recorded greetings and farewells in Russian, along with the various translations in English. The phrases are set up in chart form, which include ...more
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This is a simple site that has recorded greetings and farewells in Russian, along with the various translations in English. The phrases are set up in chart form, which include a column that comments on whether the phrase is formal, informal, and other helpful tips. An easy way to get an idea of the Russian language if you haven't heard it.

tag(s): russian (29)

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Use this site as a quick learning center during a unit on Russian Politics or history. Students can use the phrases in speaking or within a graphic organizer. Teachers of the Russian language could also print this to help students review the basic language concepts.

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Nippon in the World

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This Japanese site offers a collection of classical Japanese artwork, suitable for study as part of an exposure to Japanese history. The interface isn't the greatest, and the images...more
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This Japanese site offers a collection of classical Japanese artwork, suitable for study as part of an exposure to Japanese history. The interface isn't the greatest, and the images contain watermarks, but the site works fine as an example of the unique nature of Japanese artistic representations.

tag(s): japan (60)

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Use these images in a picture walk around the classroom to introduce or review a unit on some aspect of Japanese culture. Select 10-15 images to be hung around the classroom, with students rotating between them every 30-60 seconds. Have students fill out quickly what they observe and infer about each image, with the intentions of connecting each image to an essential understanding about Japanese culture. For help creating easy and quick graphic organizers for the activity, we recommend a site such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Fog of War - Washington Post

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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by...more
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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by former commanders, the site chronicles the war's effect on the middle east while discussing the problems inherent in managing a limited conflict. Good starting point for a discussion of the interplay between military, political, and diplomatic interests in American foreign policy.

tag(s): middle east (37)

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Use this site as an extended learning center during a lesson(s) on the Gulf War. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend creating a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what is the most important. For help creating easy sheets, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Malaysia

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6 to 12
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This site offers historical, cultural, political, and travel information about Malaysia. The reading level may be a bit high for some middle schoolers, but the site could be a great...more
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This site offers historical, cultural, political, and travel information about Malaysia. The reading level may be a bit high for some middle schoolers, but the site could be a great source of research information for studies of other cultures and peoples.

tag(s): asia (72), religions (67)

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Use the historic timeline to study the spread of Islam to Malaysia and the rest of South East Asia during the 15th century. The timeline is extremely detailed and can actually be used as a learning center or station too. To help guide students through the content, we recommend creating a graphic organizer. For help making those, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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India and Its Neighbors

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This site offers a thorough and graphically well-designed introduction to the history, cultures, and 20th century politics of India and its neighbors. While a bit text-heavy, visuals...more
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This site offers a thorough and graphically well-designed introduction to the history, cultures, and 20th century politics of India and its neighbors. While a bit text-heavy, visuals support most of the sections, and the content could be useful for research projects or general information. The site includes a short biography of Mahatma Ghandi. This is a "labor of love" site created by two faculty members at UCLA.

tag(s): india (32)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit studying India. This activity works best if students have a graphic organizer to accompany the information - we recommend a tool such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Tour the U.S. Capitol - US Government

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6 to 12
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This site from the Architect of the U.S. Capitol offers historical information as well as a collection of photos showing key features. There is also an "interactive tour," but the ...more
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This site from the Architect of the U.S. Capitol offers historical information as well as a collection of photos showing key features. There is also an "interactive tour," but the site navigation is complex enough that you should probably do some serious previewing before turning students loose on this one.

tag(s): architecture (83)

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If teaching about initial plans for the construction of DC and how those developed, use the images from this site to compliment a class discussion or lecture. Within the teacher and students page, there are numerous images that detail L'enfant's original ideas for DC. Teachers can incorporate these in graphic organizers or even a slide-show over the interactive whiteboard.

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The Capitol - An Interactive Tour - University of Virginia

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Well, sort of. This site from the University of Virginia offers lots of images of artwork and statues in the U.S. Capitol, as well as additional references, but interactive 3D ...more
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Well, sort of. This site from the University of Virginia offers lots of images of artwork and statues in the U.S. Capitol, as well as additional references, but interactive 3D it isn't. Still, it's an interesting collection of images for those interested in a glimpse of what's inside.

tag(s): architecture (83)

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Use any of the separate sections on this website as learning center or stations during lesson(s) on the architecture and symbolism of our capitol's historic buildings. Have students explore the site individually or cooperative learning groups as an introductory activity. Because there is a lot of material on the site, create follow-alongs to guide students and highlight what is most important on the site. For help making easy graphic organizers, try: Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Learn About Jazz - PBS

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The companion web site to the PBS Jazz series offers a history of jazz and its evolution as part of the African American experience. There are lesson outlines included in ...more
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The companion web site to the PBS Jazz series offers a history of jazz and its evolution as part of the African American experience. There are lesson outlines included in the site.

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This site would be a great addition to a US history class studying the Harlem Renaissance. The site could be used for the lesson plans OR as a learning center in your classroom. If using the site as a learning center, we recommend creating a graphic organizer to accompany it. For help creating a graphic organizer, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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English-Spanish Picture Dictionary

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Ignore the cluttered look of the page and click the categories of contents for the picture dictionary: from Adjectives to Winter (inside the white box). Each will open a section ...more
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Ignore the cluttered look of the page and click the categories of contents for the picture dictionary: from Adjectives to Winter (inside the white box). Each will open a section of the dictionary. You can also click on the letters of the alphabet, across the screen in rainbow colors, to find picturs with both English and Spanish words for the objects.

tag(s): spanish (109)

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ESOL teachers can easily use this site to acclimate new spanish-speaking students, helping them begin the transition to speaking and understanding English. In many of the hyper-linked words are attachments of graphic organizers and handouts, so peruse the site for content being studied and see what's provided that can benefit your class!

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Enchanted Learning Picture Dictionary

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Kids level Dictionary that translate English words into; French, Spanish, German & Portuguese. Limited word list. Also has an Information section from the word list that is more like...more
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Kids level Dictionary that translate English words into; French, Spanish, German & Portuguese. Limited word list. Also has an Information section from the word list that is more like a mini Encyclopedia. The picture dictionary is a valuable tool for ESL/ELL students trying to communicate in a regular classroom.

tag(s): vocabulary (318)

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Not only is this a great resource for ESOL teachers, but some of the terms that are hyperlinked even have attached worksheets and graphic organizers attached to help other teachers incorporate the "term" into their teaching. One for example that has extra Resources is the entry on Barack Obama - which could be useful for civics or history teachers teaching students about our current political environment.

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Everglades Field Trip - Duke University

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This site from Duke University offers a well-designed natural history and tour of Florida's everglades ecosystems as part of its overall study of wetlands. Special sections explain...more
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This site from Duke University offers a well-designed natural history and tour of Florida's everglades ecosystems as part of its overall study of wetlands. Special sections explain the role of wetlands and their relationship to the rest of Florida's natural resources.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the different biomes that exist, specifically the everglades. This activity works best if there's a graphic organizer to guide students along. If looking for an easy way to create graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Mir Spacecraft - Terror in Space - PBS

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The Russian Mir space station is how history, but this site from the PBS NOVA series provides a nice overview of the first permanent space station and how it fell ...more
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The Russian Mir space station is how history, but this site from the PBS NOVA series provides a nice overview of the first permanent space station and how it fell victim to the changes in Russia's economy and politics. Great images and interviews, too.

tag(s): space (220)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on space exploration. The activity can be very time consuming if inclusive of everything on the site - to be more efficient pre-select which sections you want students to explore. To guide students along the site we recommend using a graphic organizer. For help finding easy to make or pre-prepared organizers, we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Michelangelo

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9 to 12
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This site provides over 20 enlargeable images of Michelangelo's works with small amounts of both English and Italian text. Useful for art history or image ideas in studio art. ...more
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This site provides over 20 enlargeable images of Michelangelo's works with small amounts of both English and Italian text. Useful for art history or image ideas in studio art.

tag(s): painting (66), sculpture (21)

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Use some of the images on this site to serve as a visual discovery activity during a unit on the Renaissance. Select 3-5 of the more powerful images, placing them on a PowerPoint slideshow. Displaying each image for about 1-2 minutes over the interactive whiteboard or projector, have students jotting down what they observe and infer about the Renaissance based on each individual image. (For help with a graphic organizer, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).) After the class has observed all of the images, have a class discussion tying in what students saw to the trends in art and culture that characterize the Renaissance. This is a refreshing non-lecture method in introducing students to the Renaissance in a World History classroom.

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The Art of Tibet

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6 to 12
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This is a beautifully-designed on-line exhibition which shows Tibetan artistic and cultural items in stunning detail. The narrative explains the significance of the items in Tibetan...more
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This is a beautifully-designed on-line exhibition which shows Tibetan artistic and cultural items in stunning detail. The narrative explains the significance of the items in Tibetan culture while explaining some of this history of this ancient land. Suitable for inclusion in any survey of oriental or east Asian art and culture.

tag(s): china (63), india (32)

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Use this site as a resource for a picture-walk in your classroom during a lesson on early Himalayan/Indian Culture. Select 10-15 of the most striking images of this site, print, and hang around the classroom at designated areas. Have students rotate between pictures, every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer. This activity works best if the images selected reflect different aspects of the culture - from agriculture, class-systems, economy, etc. If looking for a graphic organizer to structure the notes more, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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