Visualizing how ideas fit together helps students construct meaning and strengthens their recall. Graphic organizers outsource the memory demands of a task by mimicking the brain's mental schema, supporting students' cognitive development and, in turn, their literacy skills.
Watch how this sixth grade teacher uses a graphic organizer to help her students brainstorm domain-specific Vocabulary in preparation for an explanatory writing task in a lesson from adlit.org. As students fill in the graphic organizer, they have the opportunity to share and discuss their findings with classmates, thus giving them multiple exposures to the Vocabulary.
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Learn how Popplet allows learners to create their own graphic organizers or collaborate to create a graphic organizer as a group. In addition to traditional text, learners have other choice options such as adding or changing drawings, photos, videos, colors, and fonts, which support increased engagement.