Read Graphic Organizers


Read Graphic Organizers introduces students to different ways in which they can organize the information they learn. There are a lot of kinds of graphic organizers, so students will have plenty of opportunities to explore using different types. The lesson outlines five common types, but you can show the students other kinds as well. By the end of the lesson, they will know how to interpret information in a passage of text arrange it in a clear and understandable way.

You may choose to take advantage of the alternatives listed in the “Options for Lesson” section. These are simply suggestions that you can use during your lesson if you want to add enrichment activities or conduct parts of the lesson differently than what is written.

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What our Read Graphic Organizers lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Read Graphic Organizers teaches students how to interpret and use graphic organizers to arrange information. There are many types, and students will be able to use several throughout the lesson. For instance, they will learn about Venn diagrams, prior knowledge charts, and text connections. They can also find more online if they want to explore other kinds.

There are three pages of content in this lesson. Initially, the lesson discusses how students have to read and learn new information from many sources. It describes how they may take notes or use other methods to keep track of all the data. Then it explains how using a graphic organizer of some kind can help them better recall and arrange information.

The lesson describes five different kinds of graphic organizers. The Venn diagram is among the most common, and students will first learn more about those. The lesson provides an example comparing cats and dogs, and it lists the common traits and distinct differences between the two animals. Then it describes four more organizers and provides an example for each.


Students will work in pairs for the activity. They will create a graphic organizer that arranges information from the passage you provide. They can invent a new one or use one they learned about during the lesson.  The main topic is sharks. Each pair of students will organize the information and share what they put together with the class.


For the practice worksheet, students must read a passage about the bald eagle and fill in the organizer on the right of the passage. Then they will write a paragraph that summarizes information in the organizer about the three states of matter.


The homework assignment requires students to read a passage of text. Then they must create a graphic organizer to highlight the main ideas and key details from the passage. Finally, they will write a paragraph using the information from the graphic.

Additional information


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade



State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.