Math 3-6

Multiple Representations: Graphic Organizer


Visualizing how ideas fit together helps students construct meaning and strengthens 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 problem-solving and Reasoning skills.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this third grade teacher models using a graphic organizer to solve a word problem. By integrating the mnemonic device "UPS" with a graphic organizer, students are prompted to strategically think and explain their mathematical reasoning.

  • Teachers can use graphic organizers to support learners' Working Memory, as they hold onto information for them. Graphic organizers also scaffold problem solving by breaking down math problems into concrete, sequential steps, helping students organize and represent their Algebraic Thinking.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Products like Creately provide graphic organizer templates and diagramming tools. With colorful, dynamic, and editable graphic organizers, learners and teachers can customize their work to meet their needs.

  • Online graphic organizers can help students understand various math concepts and can strengthen their thinking process around math problems. For example, teachers and students can use Popplet for brainstorming math problems, collaboration, and problem-solving, activating more cognitive skills, such as Attention and Metacognition.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy

    Social and Emotional Learning