At our school, we have been limited on the amount of copies that can be made for each class during a monthly period. I began thinking about what we could do to help cut down on paper. I came up with this great idea to create graphic organizers on folders. We laminated the folders and now the students can write on them with Vis-A-Vis markers. We use these when we begin a basal story. The students are allowed to collaborate and put their ideas down on the folder. We then allow each group to share what they came up with. We also use these during guided reading. If you make enough for each student in your guided reading group, everyone in the group write their own ideas and then share with the group. These are just a few ideas that we came up with: Fact/Opinion; Main Idea, Supporting Details and Summarizing; KWL; Story Elements; Cause and Effect; Venn Diagram; etc. We hope that you will find these beneficial in your classroom.
|Cause and Effect|
|Main Idea, Supporting Details, and Summarizing|
|Fact and Opinion|