Informational Reading Thinking Charts - Graphic Organizers

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These Informational Reading Graphic Organizers can be used with any informational text. Students can use the graphic organizer to respond to the text and to monitor for comprehension and understanding.

There are many different ways to use these Thinking Charts. Essentially, this resource was created to minimize the amount of ‘worksheets’ and paper students are being exposed to. It also creates a fun and engaging way for students to reflect and think about what they read. These Thinking Charts are sure to get students super focused on responding to informational text.

The first way to use this resource is to insert the pages into dry-erase pockets. This option is minimal prep and only 6-10 copies are needed if you are completing the activity in small groups. I recommend having students use wet-erase markers instead of dry-erase. These markers allow students to touch the ink without having the ink spread.

The second option is to use the same method as above but to laminate the pages instead of inserting them into dry-erase pockets. This is a great option if you do not have access to dry-erase pockets or if you do not have enough for your classroom.

The third option is to use the mini-thinking chart pages (half-sheet) to print, laminate, and then hole-punch in the top left corner. You can then bind the mini-thinking chart pages with a metal ring. I would recommend making one for each student to keep and use throughout the school year.

Of course, you can always print these on paper and have your students write directly on the paper!

The following standards have a graphic organizer to go with it:






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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


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