Remember those times where your teacher told you to take out a piece of paper and draw your own Venn Diagram? Or when you were doing a project where you had to teach the class something and had to come up with some sort of activity for your peers to do, so naturally you made them draw a graphic organizer since you had been creating those since you were 5? It is no secret that children’s handwriting (and even highschooler’s) is terribly messy, and drawing your own graphic organizer on paper take lots of time, lots or erasing, and ends up with messy papers where the boxes you drew are never big enough for the words you need to put in them. Well thanks to Worksheetworks.com, making your own, customized graphic organizers has never been so easy.
Worksheet Works is a website that allows anyone to choose from 14 different graphic organizers and customize them to what you need them for. You can change the topic, headings, and how many rows, columns, boxes, or whatever your graphic organizer requires. I found this tool on Tammy Worcester’s Technology Tips for Teachers, specifically the post titled Tip 83- Graphic Organizers (Customizable!). When you click on a graphic organizer, there is a short description as to what that organizer is used to show, and some give an idea for a lesson plan to use that graphic organizer with. For example, when you click on the cycle diagram, the description says that it is used to show how a series of events occur in a repeated fashion. It also says that a typical lesson plan using a cycle diagram would have students show that they know the critical events that make up a cycle.
Here is a quick YouTube video that explains more about Worksheet Works!
Once you have made your graphic organizer and customized it to the topic of your choice, you can save it and download it as a PDF file. The file is clear and high quality, so when you print it, it won’t be fuzzy. You can then print enough for your class or your project, and your students will not have to waste time drawing their own!
This is also a great tool for students to use, because they can create their own graphic organizers by themselves. The website is very user-friendly. I know that when I was in school, I would have to do projects that required me to make graphic organizers about a book I read, a science topic, or comparing two wars in history. This website is great for projects like that because students can quickly and easily make an organizer to show their peers.
Graphic organizers are also great note- taking tools. In this example below, I created a star diagram about the moon. As I read an informational text about the moon, I could have my students write down things they learn as the story goes along. when the story is over, they can compare what they wrote down with others at their table, then pick the most common things they learned to share with the rest of the class. This enables students to focus more on what to put in the chart, rather than the chart itself.
Worksheet Works is not only a tool for making graphic organizers though. The website has math, geography, english language, and puzzles categories where hundreds of different worksheets, flashcards, maps, and other tools are free to customize and print. Here is an example of a worksheet created to teach common and proper nouns. You can choose what types of questions are found on the worksheet, and the website creates the problems for you.
Worksheet Works is a great, free resource that allow both teachers and students to create customized worksheets and graphic organizers for a variety of subjects, topics, or projects. What ways can you see yourself using Worksheet Works in the future? Would you use it to allow your students to create tools on their own?
Here are some additional resources regarding Worksheet Works:
- On the blog Tech for Classrooms, Amy Campbell discusses more about the tool on the post WorksheetWorks.com.
- This YouTube video entitled Site You Might Like #1: Worksheetworks.com by Mark Littlefield gives a brief overview of the website.
- The E-Potfolio of Steve Kindt has a post entitled Media in the Classroom Why use WorksheetWorks.com? that highlights some more aspects and tools of the website