They work!! I absolutely love them. No students can not write, but they can draw
and they love it!!
I found scholastic has some cute graphic organizers for setting. T-charts and venn diagrams are perfect and are so simple to use in September for rhyming words, classifying letters and numbers, comparing math manipulatives, characters in stories, and yet the possibilities are endless.
Just a daily/weekly plan for you to try:
Monday-model by reading a story and YOU model how to fill in the graphic organizer
Tuesday-introduce story of the week with the skill you modeled on Monday, students wil give you the answers to use to fill in the graphic organizer
Wednesday-add more to the graphic organizer if possible
Thursday- whole group try graphic organizer together while you fill it out with them, so they know how to
Friday-try on thier own
Sometimes I may have to teach for two weeks before I allow them to fill in a graphic organizer, but it all depends on the story/concept or skill.
If you give me your email I can email you such a great organizer that I use for characters in stories. and even my lesson plan!!
One last thing...in September they may just want to watch you/assist you with filling them out...then in October try a simple one (venn diagram, t-chart) and by the end of the year they will be completing sequencing organizers and writing stories with them
I hope this helps a little