Product Swap: Graphic Organizers Review :)


I’m super excited to share some amazing graphic organizers for reading created by April form The Idea Backpack!  Since I will be teaching 4th grade this year, I took a look at her Reading Graphic Organizers for both 3rd and 5th grade.  Both are correlated to Common Core Standards and even have the standards listed on each activity’s page.  I’ll be reviewing each one separately.
I used the book, Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, to complete a sample graphic organizer for both 3rd and 5th grade.  

The 3rd Grade Reading Graphic Organizers has 22 pages for Literature and Informational standards.  The specific standards are listed on the Product Overview.  Below is a graphic organizer I completed for Analyzing Characters and Events.  This was helpful for me as an adult to identify how a character’s traits affected the events of the story.

The 5th Grade Reading Graphic Organizers has 11 pages for the Literature standards.  Again, the specific standards are listed on the Product Overview.  Below is a graphic organizer to help students identify the theme of a story.  These skills are increasing in difficulty and organizing one’s thoughts in a graphic organizer simplifies the process!

I’m a SCIENCE Penguin, not a READING Penguin.  I love to read, but have never considered reading instruction to be my strength.  The great thing about these graphic organizers is that they really help students build step by step to make connections and identify difficult themes and ideas in a variety of texts.  I will definitely be using these next year!  :)  
Show April some love…go check these out and make your life easier and your instruction more rigorous!  This is going to make teaching reading so much easier!  :)
Here’s when I plan to use them:
-response to social studies text
-response to science text
-Reader’s Workshop
-Literacy Stations
-reader’s response
Get yours now!

3rd Grade Reading Graphic Organizers

5th Grade Reading Graphic Organizers
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  1. Thank you also for the great review. I hope they come in handy. I have some writing graphic organizers you might like as well. I was thinking about getting your science notebooking stuff. Maybe we should keep the swaps going. lol.

    ~April @

  2. Awesome Organizers!!

    ✏ Mrs. Stanford’s Class ✏
    ❤ I hope you enjoyed the swap!! If you would like to join again the link to sign up is on my post :)

  3. Awesome organizers! I love teaching science too–maybe it is having two boys, but there is just so much you can do with science. I even met Seymour Simon–my all time favorite nonfiction writer! I am your newest follower–I would love to have you drop by and visit my blog!

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