Engaging Students in STEM: Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers are another way for students to “unpack their thinking” when it comes to STEM projects.  They help students focus on one element at a time and when used in conjunction with the STEM Sentence Starters, help build language fluency and problem solving skills.

Although a variety of graphic organizers can be used for STEM investigations or inquiry-based projects, I prefer to stick with ones that lend themselves to the Engineering Design Process. Targeting the performance indicators is also important and using a graphic organizer that complements NGSS allows for deeper content connections.

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