The T-Chart is an easy-to-use and versatile graphic organizer because of its straightforward layout.
All of the information of your chart is in the columns. Depending on what type of information you are recording or displaying, there may be more information in certain columns than others. Some columns may have only words or only pictures. Make use of the available space to leave room for ease of readability!
The labels at the top of the of the chart dictate what information is placed side by side. Here are a few kinds of headings you might use at the top of a your chart:
The most common use for this type of graphic organizer is for comparison. The layout is ideal for comparison because it demonstrates a clear divide for the items or topics. The storyboard format allows for plenty of variations when it comes to using the chart for comparison, including the ability to compare more than two items by simply adding more cells. Comparing can be used for any subject, but on Storyboard That, the T-Chart is so much more!
Another great use is to create T-Chart worksheets! Use templates digitally or print them out for students to fill out by hand, or even give them a choice!
One of the unique types of activities that our teacher authors have come up with is using the T-Chart for acronyms! See an example below and take a look at some of the other articles using acronyms and mnemonic devices with Storyboard That:
The T-Chart is an excellent layout to show comparisons in English Language Arts activities, but the layout is also perfect for showing examples side-by-side. The dividing lines of the T-Chart help to separate different components.
Often when we study historical events and politics, we need to understand both sides of an argument. The T-Chart is a perfect way to show the beliefs or circumstances of two or more people or groups.
Learning a language is hard work, and a T-Chart can help organize information! Use a T-Chart for comparisons of meaning and tense.
Use a T-Chart to compare temporal changes as well as characteristic differences. Storyboard That allows you to make up to ten rows and ten columns.
A Looks Like/ Sounds Like T-Chart is much more specific in its use. This is more of a learning tool that teachers use to help teach their students about behaviors (typically classroom behaviors). In a standard Looks Like/Sounds Like activity, the teacher would write the behavior down at the top of the chart and then, as a class, they will describe how a specified behavior both looks like and sounds like. As a result, the students all know what is expected of that behavior. This is great tool for classroom management! The Looks Like/Sounds Like format will sometimes include a third category called 'Feels Like'. This is optional, but can easily be done by including an additional cell.
Start by explaining to students the purpose of T-charts as a graphic organizer. Describe how T-charts help organize information, compare and contrast ideas, or analyze data. Emphasize that T-charts visually represent information in a clear and structured manner.
Display examples of T-charts related to the topic or subject you are teaching. Discuss the structure of a T-chart, which consists of a vertical line (the "T") that divides the chart into two columns. Explain that the left column is for one category or topic, while the right column is for another category or topic.
Model how to fill out a T-chart using a familiar topic. Demonstrate how to label the left column with one category or topic and the right column with another. Provide examples of information that can be recorded on each side of the chart, highlighting similarities, differences, or relevant details.
Engage students in a guided practice activity. Provide a partially completed T-chart or have students work together to fill in a T-chart related to the current lesson. Scaffold their understanding by offering support and feedback as they organize information and make connections using the T-chart.
Transition to independent application by assigning students a task or question that requires them to create their own T-chart. Provide clear instructions and a specific topic or prompt. Encourage creativity and critical thinking as they fill out the T-chart with relevant information or ideas.
Conclude the introduction to T-charts by reflecting on the process and discussing the benefits of using T-charts as a learning tool. Ask students to share their experiences, insights, and challenges they encountered while using T-charts. Highlight how T-charts help organize thoughts, compare information, and visually represent concepts.
A T-chart graphic organizer usually consists of two columns and is used to compare and contrast two topics or ideas. It is commonly used to help students analyze different concepts and to write persuasive essays, research papers, or reports. T-charts help student learning by helping students organize their thoughts, compare and contrast different concepts or ideas, or analyze information from different perspectives. They can also be used to introduce new topics or concepts, facilitate class discussions, or as a formative assessment tool to check for student understanding.
Some examples of how to use a T-chart in the classroom include comparing and contrasting different characters in a story, comparing and contrasting different historical events, comparing and contrasting different scientific theories, and comparing and contrasting different mathematical concepts. They can also be used as a pre-reading activity to help students make predictions and organize their prior knowledge, as a note-taking tool during lectures or presentations, and also as a brainstorming tool.
Teachers can differentiate instruction using T-chart worksheets by adapting the level of complexity or the type of information being compared or analyzed, based on the needs of individual learners. For example, using sentence starters or prompts can help struggling learners organize their thoughts, while more advanced learners may be challenged to use more complex language or make more sophisticated comparisons. Teachers can also provide different types of information to compare or analyze, such as images, texts, or data sets, to appeal to different learning styles and interests. By using T-chart worksheets in a flexible and responsive way, teachers can support the diverse needs of all learners in their classroom.