Book Study: Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites (Chapter 5)

I'm so excited to be a part of this book study and as many of you may already know, I love a good graphic organizer! We use them daily in my classroom, especially during reading instruction. I also use them quite often during our Science and Social Studies times.  This chapter names several different types of organizers, such a KNL, Word Webs, Story Maps, Cause and Effect Charts, Character Trait organizers and more.  If you are someone like me, who is much more visual than auditory, then graphic organizers are extremely important to your learning.  The best part about them is that they appeal to both left and right brained learners.  They help us organize information but integrate both visual and verbal activities. 

Below are several examples of graphic organizers I've used in my room.  

This is an example of a character traits organizer we did in my room this week.  We first listed the traits of one of the main characters in Green Shamrocks. We completed this organizer together. I then sent my kiddos off in groups to complete a similar organizer on another character from the story.  

Main Idea Organizers

 Venn Diagrams

Below are my notes from the chapter. As you can see, I really try to use graphic organizers A LOT in my classroom, but my goal is to use them more in my math instruction. I also want to encourage my students to make their own organizers, in addition to the organizers I provide. 

I thought I'd leave you all with a few graphic organizers to use in your classroom, as a thanks for linking up.  If you'd like them, just click the graphic below.

I have also included the book study template for this chapter. 

We would love for you to link up below.

Don't forget to prepare for chapter 6 discussion over at One Extra Degree on March 17th.
Here is the rest of the schedule and you can join in at anytime!
Mrs. Jump’s Class Chapter 7 (March 28th)
The First Grade Parade  Chapter 8 (March 31st)
In April, you will be visiting these girls for the remainder of the study:
Mrs. Ehle’s Kindergarten Chapter 9 &10 (April 4th)
What The Teacher Wants Chapter 11 (April 7th)
First Grader At Last Chapter 12 (April 11th)
Erica’s Ed Ventures  Chapter 13 (April 14th)
KinderGals Chapter 14 &15 (April 18th)
A Rocky Top Teacher Chapter 16 (April 21st)
The Inspired Apple Chapter 17 (April 25th)
Little Warriors Chapter 18 (April 28th)
Falling Into First Chapter 19 (May 2nd)
Kickin’ it in Kindergarten Chapter 20 (May 5th)
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