May 20, 2012

Biography Notes (Graphic Organizers)

Hi everyone! Well, it seems I have become a weekend blogger and that was never something I intended to do! It's just been SO BUSY!!! We have 23 days of school left and a lot to get through--so I'm hoping to get on here more and share some items we'll be using in the remaining days.

Tonight, I'm sharing some graphic organizers I will be using in class this week. My students are plugging away at those state projects I mentioned last week and, since many of them have to complete a small biography on a famous person from their state, I made these graphic organizers to help them take notes...
There are seven pages of graphic organizers within this file and it can be downloaded for free from my Teacher's Notebook shop.

I know many of you are winding down your school year at this point, but I hope this is something you may be able to use in the future. Let me know if you can use it...I always love to hear this--it never gets old!

So...when is your last day of school? What will you do on your first day of summer vacation! Help me!! I need to live vicariously through your summer freedom!!! :)

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  1. 8 days-Not that I'm counting or anything.

    I can use these next year for sure! We did a huge biography research project (and Google only helped a little). These will be handy :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  2. June 8!!!! Can't wait!!! These are SUPER!!!! You rock for sharing it for free!!!
    I hope you got some rest this weekend :)

  3. Our last day with kids is this Wednesday, then we have a teacher day Thursday. I can't believe it's almost over.....and I have SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much to do!!! Love your graphic organizers and will def. be using them next year:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  4. Cute, cute, cute! Great idea. I can't wait to use these next year.

    We end June 8th...14 more school days.

    A Year of Many Firsts

  5. Awesome.. thanks so much for sharing!! This will definitely come in handy next year. We have until June 1st... almost here!!

  6. Thank you!!!! I am always looking for ways to get my students to make sure they include all of the information. Having these will be a huge lifesaver!

  7. I will definitely put these biography graphic organizers to good use next year! Thanks so much for sharing them. I end school on June 9. My first day of vacation will be spent going to jury duty! I hope I don't get put on some major trial because then I can kiss my vacation good bye! Hopefully, the judge will take pity on me!

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  8. Great idea! We have 2 1/2 more days and work days the rest of the week. I think I'm moving room so it is going to be a busy week! Have a great one Kristen!

    Swimming into Second

  9. Love these! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Our last day is Wednesday! I started to do a biography project this year, but things got crazy with state testing and it fell between the cracks. This would have made it so much easier!

    Will Grade For Coffee

  11. So always! My last day is next Wednesday...we still have 8 days left..and so much to do! Have a great week!


  12. Hi,
    I notice that many of you finish early in June and wondered when you start back. Most of the teacher blogs are by American teachers and I would love to know more about the structure of your day and curriculum. I'm new to blogging and have been amazed at all the talented teachers out there! I'm never away from TpT and have taken so many interesting things back to my class, although I have to change spellings - lol!
    My blog has three members (that includes me - hehe!), so it would be great if you would stop by and say hello. I was hoping to reach the heady heights of 5 members!
    Teacher's Toolkit
    PS We finish at the end of June and start back at the beginning of September.

  13. Hi Kristen:
    These "note cards" are wonderful! This kind of scaffolding is always what I wish I WOULD have had... looking back when the project is finished!
    Now I can have this handy helper BEFORE we do the project. What a concept!

    We're in until June 12th. I have so much to do with a Jog-A-Thon, volunteer breakfast, "Family Life," 6th grade activities, and promotion. Looking at this list, I am suddenly fearful that I have more activities than days of school...

    I adore that little Labybug favicon. It is just SO CUTE.
    And this is truly one of my happiest places to visit!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  14. These note cards would have been awesome with my student's animal projects. I'll save a copy for next year.

    We're OUT in five days. It's been really tough not to shut down since my kids this year are really difficult to work with. We have 8th grade activities, awards ceremonies and Student of the Movie movie before our last day on Friday. Just hoping I get through without losing my mind! :)

    Life in Middle School

  15. Your printables are always so lovely to look at!!

    We are done on Wednesday at 11:30! We have a half day. On my first day of vacation, I am going with my teaching partner to Chicago to visit the Shedd Aquarium!! We are psyched!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  16. 4 kid days left and counting!!!


  17. As usual, totally adorable and useful!! I'm going to download these to use next year, for sure!! We do a keynote biography report in 3rd grade, and these organizers will be PERFECT for the kids to take notes with! It will make doing the keynotes that much easier! You ROCK, Kristen!!
    We have 17 days left, and I plan on sleeping in on my first day of vacation!! I don't want to do a thing!!

  18. I understand the weekend blogging thing. I'm barely hanging on to my 3x a week.
    I get out on May 31 - 6 and a half more days! And I'm leaving two days later to visit my twin in Texas. I can't wait!!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  19. I only have 2 1/2 days left!! I am totally excited!! I will be starting 2 summer classes for my masters the day I get out of school...ugh!! I can never get a break! :)

  20. This will be perfect for use with our Wax Museum Biography project! We still have 45 more days, getting out on Aug.2. (Year-round school)

  21. I'm only 1 week into my blog, hopefully, I'll be able to maintain a thrice a week baby. Love your site!

    Brynley's Brainstorms

  22. I just stumbled upon your rockin' awesome, blog! I am your newest follower. Thanks for the great ideas and awesome printables! Stop by my blog some time! :)

    Mr. B's Beach Brains

  23. I going to be spending some time going through this AWESOME blog of yours!!! I'm following along:)

    1...2...3...Teach With Me

  24. Sunday Safari and Ms. Katie King herself led me to you! I absolutely love your site and will be stalking you from now on . . . boy, that sounds creepy . . . but you know what I mean :) Have a great week!!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  25. I am so grateful for Pinterest and stumbling upon this little gem! It is going to make planning my research report using the CCSS a little easier. Thank you!