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)
If you are not a blogger (which is totally fine!!!) we still want to hear from you! Leave a comment below to let us know how you are incorporating this book in your classroom!



  1. I am quite envious of your artistic abilities! I bet you can just whip those up, too, can't you?!? ;)

    I loved this chapter most, so far, because it has made me stretch just a little bit as a teacher!

    Thanks a bunch for hosting!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  2. Love the organizer you did with Green Shamrocks! We read that book yesterday and discussed details from the beginning, middle, and end to retell the story. It's so neat to see what different things teachers do with the same book. Thanks so much for hosting the link-up this week and for sharing your great ideas!! I'm going to have to check out your graphic organizer freebie!


  3. Your post was amazing! I loved looking at all of the various organizers you use in your classroom!

  4. First, I'm amazed at your handwriting! How do you get it so perfect? I can't write neatly, listen, and spell simultaneously - I'm working on it. :)

    Thanks for hosting the link-up and sharing your graphic organizers!

  5. I LOVE all your graphic organizers... we use them all the time in my classroom because they're kid friendly and so easy to use! Thanks so much for the organizers you posted today... I can't wait to use them!

  6. Aghh...when I tried to add our link tonight the Linkz url box was not working...when I was trying to figure out why...I posted one of my old links...of course that worked. If you want to remove it you can ...doesn't seem like I can delete from this end.

  7. I also love your organizers. They are so cute! I bet they are a hit with your students. I need to add more color to mine. I use them, but I think my students would respond more to them if I spiced them up a bit. I will definitely try to do more with mine. Thanks for the freebie and for the idea on character traits. We are going to be doing that this week!

  8. Fantastic blog post - I love using graphic organisers but don't do it often enough - you have inspired me to get back on to using them.

    I also love your book study template. I have returned to university this year to study my masters. I can see your template being used a lot during my readings. Thank you so much!

  9. Graphic organizers are a must, in my opinion. Students need to be able to, not only hear, but see the content that is being taught. Way to go! You did a great job!

  10. Your charts are all so beautiful!!! Great chapter review!!

  11. Be still my heart! I think this chapter has been my favorite so far! We use graphic organizers weekly in our guided writing journals and I'm always looking for ways to make them interesting and fun! Your charts are beautiful! Thanks for sharing! =)

    A+ Firsties


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