The page, Ayudas Gráficas, has an great collection of printable graphic organizers in Spanish. Graphic organizers are an excellent tool to use with all learners, but they have particular advantages with children working to master a second language.
- Graphic organizers are an effective way to assemble the vocabulary students need to write or talk about a topic.
- As children organize information visually, they write key vocabulary and see the relationship to other terms.
- Graphic organizers provide useful repetition. Kids use the language once as they organize information and then use it again as they are writing or speaking. That repetition is essential to mastering key language and concepts.
- Graphic organizers can provide excellent support for language learners as they speak and write. For example, with a graphic organizer at hand, the challenging task of retelling a story becomes much more manageable.
Ayudas Gráficas is part of the Houghton-Mifflin website and on the page they give permission to use print and copy the Spanish organizers for classroom use. I have used the Mapa del cuento (there are two versions), the Tabla de los cinco sentidos and the Tabla de los cinco preguntas (qué, quién, por qué, cuándo, dónde). I use the last organizer with a warm-up listening activity where I tell a short, simple story with puppets or drawing on the board.
Link to Printable Spanish Graphic Organizers
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