One of the best finds in my teaching career was graphic organizers. The first time I learned about using them in the classroom was a pivotal change in my approach to teaching comprehension and vocabulary. It was such a simple idea...create a document that would allow children to put something concrete in front of them so that they could "see" their thinking. One of my favorites for building vocabulary is a word map. I have created a few and have put them up here to share. I hope you find them useful.