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What Are Graphic Organizers?

Graphic Organizers are visual tools that help students plan and organize their ideas. They can also be used to brainstorm ideas, simplify or organize information and concepts, summarize, synthesize, aid in note taking, help with decision making, planning research, sequencing, problem solving, and so much more! Storyboard That offers tons of different options for teachers and students to choose from, so that you can have your own custom graphic organizer templates in no time!

What is a Graphic Organizer Worksheet?

This type of worksheet is a printable or digital organizer that can be used in all subject areas. Teachers and students can create graphic organizers from scratch using our incredible storyboard creator, or choose from the many that we have already created. Students learn how to plan and organize their ideas when they have more structure already laid out on the page, setting them up for progress and success.

Benefits of Using Graphic Organizer Templates

The benefits of graphic organizer templates in the classroom are endless. Here are just a few reasons why they are essential tools for both teachers and students:

  1. Hands on learning: Student engagement increases when they are involved in the mapping out their thinking and planning process.
  2. Deeper understanding: Breaking down big ideas into small pieces helps students better comprehend the topic. Visual representations are highly beneficial to students with learning disabilities, executive functioning issues, and those who are learning another language.
  3. Aids in critical thinking: Using graphic organizer templates, students learn to think cognitively and critically when it comes to choosing what information should be included in their planning. They can also help students think critically while strengthening their problem solving skills.
  4. Helpful tools for studying and learning: Because graphic organizers help students write and visualize information, they are more likely to retain what they are including in their notes in visibly different sections. These tools are not just for prioritizing, organizing, and planning! They are also quite effective study tools!
  5. They are FUN!: With so many graphic organizer templates to choose from, Storyboard That helps make using these tools fun and creative. Students can even customize their own to use digitally, or before they are printed out. The options are simply endless with our huge library or art, infographics, wireframes, and more!

What are the Different Types of Graphic Organizer Templates?

Storyboard That has all of the commonly used organizers at your fingertips. We have everything from a balloon graphic organizer to a hamburger organizer - to help structure writing projects, of course! Here are just some of what we have to offer, along with a brief description of each:

T-Chart: A t-chart separates information typically into a two column chart, although they could be separated into a three column chart or a four column chart. T-charts are useful for comparing and contrasting, separating information into groups, and for showing change.

KWL Chart: A KWL chart is the perfect tool to use at the beginning of a new lesson or unit. It is useful to record what students already Know, Want to know, and what they Learn throughout the course of the lesson or unit (this is filled in at the end).

Spider Map: A spider map is a brainstorming or organizational tool that provides a visual framework for students to use. Sometimes a spider map is called a “concept map” or a “spider web graphic organizer”. A spider map has a main idea or topic in the center, or the body, of the diagram. Each detail or sub-topic associated with the main topic has its own leg, or branch, surrounding the it.

Frayer Model: The Frayer Model is organized so that four boxes or sections surround a general concept or vocabulary word in the center of the organizer. The four boxes surrounding it are labeled Definition, Characteristics, Examples and Non-Examples by default. Frayer models are like mind maps that help make learning new words a breeze!

Timelines: A timeline is like a sequence chart that shows specific events in chronological order, usually with dates, in a linear fashion. Timelines help students put events in chronological order, show progress or change, and chronicle historical events.

Cycle Chart: Storyboard That has several different layouts available for you to choose from. The cycle layout is an option that gives users the ability to show sequences or processes that often repeat, but do not necessarily have to.

How to Use a Graphic Organizer Template

We have made it incredibly easy to use our graphic organizer templates. Simply find a graphic organizer example design that you like, and click on the copy template button. This will bring you directly to the storyboard creator, where you will give your template a name, customize as you see fit, and save! Once you arrive in the storyboard creator, you can change anything and everything about the template, or leave the design as it is and just add your personalized information. You may assign templates to your classes digitally, or print and copy. The choice is yours!

How to Make a Graphic Organizer Worksheet


Choose One of the Premade Graphic Organizer Templates

We have color, black and white, portrait, or landscape templates. Take a look at our graphic organizer example for inspiration!


Click on "Copy Template"

Once you do this, you will be directed to the storyboard creator.


Give Your Worksheet a Name!

Be sure to call it something related to the topic so that you can easily find it in the future.


Edit Your Worksheet

This is where you will include directions, specific questions and images, and make any aesthetic changes that you would like. The options are endless!


Click "Save and Exit"

When you are finished with your graphic organizer worksheet, click this button in the lower right hand corner to exit your storyboard.


Next Steps

From here you can print, download as a PDF, attach it to an assignment and use it digitally, and more!

Check Out Other Graphic Organizers From Storyboard That!

Storyboard That has so many different types of printable graphic organizers for you to choose from. Our artists and former teachers have come up with tons of creative graphic organizer design ideas that you are sure to love. The following categories are our favorite graphic organizer templates:

Do you want to see a colorful graphic organizer template for another subject, or see what else we have? Check out our huge worksheet template gallery!

Happy Creating!

Frequently Asked Questions about Other Graphic Organizers

What are graphics organizer templates?

Graphic organizer templates are blank sheets with outlines already made for note taking and planning. When students are presented with a blank piece of paper, it is often difficult to get started. With graphic organizer templates, they have a starting point, making the planning process less daunting.

What are printable graphic organizers?

Printable graphic organizers are worksheets that can be used in the classroom and are not digital. Using the pencil and paper method can help students take notes easily and make changes directly on the paper, rather than on a device.

Can I print a graphic organizer template for free?

You sure can! Simply try our free plan for 2 weeks and copy and print as many worksheets and posters as you would like!

How do I use free graphic organizer templates?

To use one of Storyboard That’s free graphic organizer templates, simply click on the “copy template” button and follow the simple instructions.

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