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Free Online Graphic Organizer Maker

Create a delightful chart or diagram with Canva’s online graphic organizer maker. With beautiful, ready-made templates, you’ll quickly make awesome learning tools for your students or teammates.
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Create a graphic organizer online

Canva’s online graphic organizer creator makes it super easy to make a custom chart or diagram. With beautiful templates, you don’t have to start from scratch. Busy educators will quickly finish a graphic organizer for the day’s lesson. Create engaging worksheets for your students or turn them into fun classroom activities through an interactive virtual Canva whiteboard.

Infinite space made for unlimited ideas

Professionally designed templates to fast-track your workflow

Share and ideate with anyone, anytime, on any device

Run a workshop with whiteboard elements, sticker notes, and a timer

Embed your graphic organizer in Docs, presentations, and more easily

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How to make a graphic organizer

How to make a graphic organizer
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Open Canva on your desktop or mobile and search for "Graphic Organizer" to create a graphic organizer.

Browse our graphic organizer templates and choose a design that fits the lesson or main idea. Filter the results by theme or style, then click your chosen template, whether it’s in chart, diagram, or map form.

Edit the text on your template. For example, label the sections for cause and effect or problem and solution. Or assign boxes for the main idea and its supporting details. Add a title, too. If you’re preparing an interactive class activity, expand the template to a virtual whiteboard.

Get creative with your graphic organizer. Customize the colors, font styles, and placement of each element. Add cute design details like stickers and illustrations related to the main topic.

Download or share the final graphic organizer design with your students or teammates. You can export it as a PDF or image file for easy printing or embed it on Canva Docs. If it’s a class activity, share the link to your online whiteboard, so your students can fill up the graphic organizer.
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What is a graphic organizer?

A graphic organizer is a diagram or chart that shows relationships and connections between concepts. It takes on different forms—a graphic organizer could explain cause and effect or a problem and solution. Teachers can use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast two objects or break down a main idea into digestible details. Teams can also use it to deconstruct a complex idea. Whether for classroom or corporate, a graphic organizer is a great way to help anyone process new information.

Why use graphic organizers?

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Graphic organizers are incredibly versatile. Students can use a graphic organizer for writing an essay, creating a story map, or studying a scientific concept. Teachers can also create a graphic organizer to discuss the main topic or guide students through a lab procedure. In the workplace, graphic organizers help teams identify the beginning, middle, and end of a sequence or brainstorm ideas for a marketing campaign. Use a mind map to dissect end-user issues or a concept map(opens in a new tab or window) for product development initiatives. Need to collaborate? A Canva virtual whiteboard allows you to work on a single graphic organizer, so everyone can pitch in and add details.

Create fun graphic organizers in minutes

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As an educator, you can use Canva’s online graphic organizer creator to design fun worksheets or teaching aids. Add free stock photos(opens in a new tab or window) and graphics from our massive media library, all of which you can easily edit, resize(opens in a new tab or window), and rearrange. You can also upload your own images and sketches. Not that confident with your design skills? No problem! Whatever design level you’re at, our graphic organizer templates(opens in a new tab or window) and drag-and-drop tools make designing easy, so you can go back to doing what you do best—inspiring and molding minds!

Don’t worry about layout and simply focus on your content

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At a loss on how to start, or not sure how a graphic organizer should look like? Never fear! Canva’s amazing library of chart and diagram layouts will get you up and designing in no time. Choose from a wide variety of graphic organizers, encompassing all sorts of academic topics. Need something more specific? Use a template as a starting point, then customize it with our editing tools. Change the fonts and colors of your graphic organizer design. Add, remove, and reposition elements and lines to create a learning map that suits your topic.

Make graphic organizers a fun activity

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Give students a break from worksheets and organize interactive activities on Canva Whiteboards. Create a graphic organizer on an online whiteboard and invite your students. Each learner has the chance to contribute to the chart or diagram. You can also divide the class into groups and have them work on different graphic organizers. Use the built-in timer to keep things exciting, and monitor your students’ progress through real-time mouse pointers. It works for the workplace, too. Just share your whiteboard with your teammates, so everyone can hop in and complete your graphic organizer.

Use your graphic organizer design as a template

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Often, you can reuse a learning tool for another topic. If you want to reuse your graphic organizer design for another lesson, simply make a copy and edit it to fit your new topic. Just click File > Make a Copy and make as many copies as you needed. You can even incorporate it for posters or magazines, using magazine mockups(opens in a new tab or window). It can also be added to Canva Docs and exported as a PDF or image.

You can even access and edit your design on the go, thanks to our iOS and Android apps. Download the free Canva app to your iPhone, iPad, and Android devices from the App Store and Google Play. Wherever you are, you can use our tools to create stunning graphic organizers.

Start inspired with graphic organizer templates

No need to tinker with complicated software. Canva’s graphic organizer templates are your shortcut to a good-looking chart or diagram. Simply choose a template, and use our design tools to create your graphic organizers. Start with one of the beautiful templates below.
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Frequently Asked Questions

A graphic organizer is a great tool that makes learning more interactive and engaging. It allows students to visualize an abstract concept and organize details. Teachers use graphic organizers to explain complex ideas, demonstrate cause and effect, or map out a story. Plus, with our graphic organizer maker, creating one is fun and easy.

Common examples of graphic organizers include sequence chains, compare-and-contrast maps, circuit diagrams, problem and solution diagrams, brainstorming maps, cause-and-effect charts, and more. You can create all these using our graphic organizer maker.

Yes, we do! Our diverse stock library includes millions of free and premium stock images, graphics, and illustrations. There are also premium stock photos, which come at an affordable price. Also, using your own images is 100% free. Once you upload them to our online graphic organizer creator, you can use them as many times as you like.

You might need to ask for feedback from your teammates or co-teachers. This is when Canva's collaborative tools become handy. To share your design, click Share > More and choose from the sharing options. Or invite them to edit the graphic organizer by emailing or sending them the link directly. Make sure you've chosen the Can Edit option before sending the template.

A graphic organizer is an incredibly versatile teaching tool. For example, students can use graphic organizers when writing an essay or recording observations during experiments. They can use a graphic organizer to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story plot or to create a vocabulary matrix. It’s easy to get creative with graphic organizers.

Depending on the type, a graphic organizer contains sections for different categories. A compare-and-contrast graphic organizer template, for instance, has separate boxes for similarities and differences. Meanwhile, a sequence graphic organizer contains separate sections for each step of a process. Don’t worry, our templates are customizable, so you can remove or add as many boxes as you like.

You can edit your text in a variety of ways to make sure it fits your design. Select the text box you wish to edit and click on the format options in the toolbar. Change the font style, size, color, alignment, spacing, and transparency. You can also turn your text into a bulleted or numbered list.

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