Thursday, November 27, 2014

Graphic Organizers with Google Drawing

Google Drawing is the forgotten stepchild of Google Drive. It doesn't have a MS Office / iWork equivalent and most people aren't quite sure what to do with it.

Drawing is a simple shape tool in which you can create and annotate simply graphics and illustrations. It's great for organizational charts, mind maps, flow charts, infographics, and graphic organizers.

I recently presented a half-day workshop on Google Drive to a group of elementary teachers in Dexter, Michigan. I always like to provide the groups that I work with practical ideas for incorporating these tools into their grade level rooms, so I put together a collection of a half-dozen traditional graphic organizers for elementary students:

Main Events Quilt
Main Idea Umbrella
Prediction Chart
Problem / Solution Chart
Story Comparison Chart
Story Elements Butterfly Chart

I am sharing these template with you for FREE! Simply click on one of the links and make a copy of my original (File -> Make Copy). Please note that you will need a Google Drive account (and must be signed in) before you can make your own copy.

If you have created a graphic organizer in  Google Drawing and would be willing to share, please leave a comment on this post!


  1. Cool ideas! The link to the Umbrella goes to the quilt!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I have a few organizers with Document shared on Like you, I ask people to click on one of the links and make a copy of the original (File -> Make Copy).

  3. I love these ideas! I've been trying to figure out the best use of Google Drawing. I will play around and share too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Can you please update the Main Idea Umbrella as the the Main Events Quilt is also linked to the Main Idea Umbrella.

    Thanks for sharing....great drawings!

    1. Sorry about that! Thanks for letting me know. Link is now correct!

  5. I use creately diagram software to draw org charts . have anyone else used it before?

  6. Thanks a lot for sharing. How do you handle the fact that the butterfly wings text is upside down or facing different ways. Does it create a problem for kids typing?

    1. Good point! I just added additional text-boxes so that students have some where to enter their response.


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