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Graphic Organizers for Planning, Understanding Main Idea, and Concept Details

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Two graphic organizers (with boy and girl versions of each) and three pages of specific classroom tested ideas for using these organizers in all subject areas--reading, writing, math, and content--are included in this packet. The lesson ideas and organizers make for easy and simple sub plans too!
I use the Branch out with It graphic as a brainstorming organizer with the main idea or topic written in the tree trunk, and those ideas that stem off from the main idea, written on the branches. (Or sometimes vice versa as indicated in the lesson ideas in this packet.) Once I introduce this organizer, I use it consistently throughout the year, because the students, once they know how to use it, run with it.
One way in which I use the Reaching the Top/How to Get Down graphic is by beginning with the main idea or topic written in the apex (students would circle How to Get Down on their papers), and having students work below the apex on the supporting details or steps to the main idea (based on lessons, readings, a video, or any combination of input). These either become prewrites for student work or student study guides for the main idea, depending on the lesson needs/goal.
When I have students circle Reaching the Top on their papers, we work with details to figure out a main idea. Sometimes I use this to have students come up with a topic sentence for their writing, but the idea can be used with any subject.
Have fun. I look forward to your feedback after trying these organizers with your class, and some of the lesson ideas provided.
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