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Graphic Organizers

Graphic Organizers, such as charts, tables, and concept maps, are tools that help students find key ideas and relationships among ideas. They are particularly effective in a museum setting. As an alternative to the often-used field trip scavenger hunt, developing a graphic organizer for a museum exhibition focuses students on answering historical questions posed by an exhibition rather than simply locating objects and reading labels. Moreover, a museum graphic organizer encourages students to identify themes, note connections, and link specific observations to larger concepts.

Graphic organizers can be used for any age group and learning level. Based on your goals for the lesson, simplify the graphic organizer or increase its complexity to allow for sub-themes and supporting details. For students learning English, add visual aids and translation exercises.