Use these graphic organizers or reading response sheets with any sea or ocean themed book - fiction or non-fiction. This set contains 51 reading response sheets.
Graphic organizers are an effective tool for helping students focus on a specific area within a topic and can be used to help students gain a greater understanding of characters, plot, setting, vocabulary, text features, cause and effect, main idea, problem solution, story structure and much more.
The pack can be broken down as follows:
Character – 14 worksheets
1. Tell Me About Yourself - Students must describe the character.
2. Wanted – Students must choose a character from the story and give
a reason as to why they choose that particular character.
3. Character Collage – Students draw a collage of pictures that depict
the character’s actions/behavior. They then must give a reason as to
why those pictures were chosen.
4. Happy Birthday – Students explore the likes, dislikes or needs of the
5. Someone... Wanted... But... So... Then... – Students examine the
character’s problem and the solution to it.
6. Changes – Students look at how the character’s behavior changes
throughout the story.
7. What Did __________ Say? – Student write down a statement made
by a character and then look at why they said it.
8. Who’s the Star? – Students draw their favorite character and explain
why they chose it.
9. Who’s Your Favorite? – Students choose a favorite character and
write what the character did that they really liked.
10. A Lesson Learned – Students examine a lesson that the character learned through the course of the story.
11. A New Comer – Students must introduce a new character to the story and write about the changes this character would bring.
12. I Know My Characters – Students describe the character in terms of what they saw, thought, felt and did.
13. Character Study – Students decide whether they would like a particular character to be their friend.
14. Character Comparison – Students use the Venn diagram to compare two characters.
Plot and Setting - 18 worksheets
1. Tell Me About – Students list the characters, and describe the plot and setting.
2. Let Me Know – This graphic organizer covers what, when, where, who and why.
3. What’s the Main Idea? – Students write the main idea and the details that support their choice.
4. Cause and Effect – This graphic organizer explores cause and effect within a story.
5. My Favorite Part – Students draw and then explain their favorite part of the story.
6. Sequence the Events – In this simple sequencing activity, the option is given for the student to either draw or write about the events.
7. Sequence the Story – Students write what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
8. Follow the Clues – Use this worksheet before reading the story during a picture walk or discussion of the text. Students must write down three clues that have led them to predict what the story is about.
9. Be A Text Detective – Use only the cover of the book to help student predict what the story is about. Depending on the age of your students they may draw or write about it.
10. I Can Make Connections – Students make a connection between the text and themselves, another text and the wide world.
11. What’s the Problem? – Students write about a problem in the book and its solution.
12. What’s Your Favorite Part? – Students explain their favorite part of the story.
14. How Do You Feel? – Students write what they liked and didn’t like in the story and what they found interesting.
15. Let the Author Know What You Think – Students write or draw what they liked, what they learned and how they felt.
16. How Exciting! – Students make a plot profile of the story that
examines how exciting the story was.
17. Compare the Stories – Students use the Venn diagram to compare two stories.
18. Let’s Finish Up – Students write how the story ended and give an alternative ending.
Vocabulary – 5 worksheets
1. New Vocabulary – Students list new vocabulary in the text and then use it in a sentence.
2. Words, Words, Words – Students find a new word in the story and write its part of speech and meaning and then write it in a sentence.
3. Just the Nouns – Students choose ten nouns from the book, put them in alphabetical order, draw a picture and write a sentence using one of the words.
4. Characters and Setting – Students list the adjectives that describe the characters and setting.
5. Word Search – Students place ten ‘tricky’ words from the text in a word search.
Non-Fiction Texts – 14 worksheets
1. Be a Text Detective – Use only the cover of the book to help students predict what the text is about.
2. Fact and Opinion – Students make a list of facts and opinions found in the text.
3. Just the Facts – Students write four facts from the text.
4. So Many Facts – Students write three facts from the text.
5. I Know… – Students list what they know, what they would like to know and what they learned.
6. Label Me – Students draw a diagram from the text and label it.
7. What Can You Find? – Students record the page number that shows certain non-fiction text features.
8. What’s It All About – Students list three facts, two questions they have and one thing they want to know more about.
9. My Ocean Animal – This graphic organizer can be used to write about any ocean animal.
10. I Know All About... – Students list six facts relating to anything to do with the ocean.
11. My Sea Creature – Students list what their chosen animal eats, where it lives, what it looks like and a fun fact.
12. Under the Sea – Students draw and label a diagram of their chosen sea animal then give a description and discuss its food and habitat.
13. Can, Have, Are. – Students can use this graphic organizer with any sea animal.
14. Herringbone Organizer – Students can use this graphic organizer with any sea animal.
Please note, an extra eight pages are included with British English spelling.
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Graphic Organizers Sample– Under the Sea Theme
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