Graphic Organisers

Graphic Organisers are graphical mindmaps that integrate units of work across a range of subject areas. Click here to see an example.

The ERS Graphic Organisers help teachers to develop an integrated approach to teaching and builds a learning environment that is structured around relevant topics such as the idea of self, the community, the environment, holidays, events and much more.

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>> Kindergarten & Preparatory
>> Years 1-2
>> Years 3-4
>> Years 5-7



K-P Graphic Organisers 1 > Me, Family, Community
Me Exploration of ideas and thoughts on self, interests, family, feelings, body, health
Families Various activities exploring different types of families as well as their own.
Family Investigating family cultures, how families change and family activities.
The Community What makes a community and how does it work? Examine features of communities.
Our Community Helpers Look at different roles in the community and how does they help us and how they shape our community.
Aborigines Investigate aboriginal culture, food ad technology. Discover aboriginal music and dance.
Marvellous Me Investigate how we use energy. Observe own features, shape, height, facial features. Look at changes.
I Like Look at our bodies. How do we keep them healthy? Talk about personal preferences.
Families Arts, maths and health activities relating to families. Investigate animal families.
Fabulous Friends Learn about being a friend and what makes a friend. Discuss conflict resolution.
Pets Why do we have pets? How do we look after them? Who has pets and what kind?


K-P Graphic Organisers 2 > Bears, Butterflies, Frogs, Snakes, Spiders and Zoo
Bears Investigate different kinds of bears and their habitats. Bear stories, sons and visual arts ideas.
Butterflies Examine change and sequencing. Lots of Visual Arts activities. Investigate symmetry.
Insects Examine life cycles. Arts activities. Controlling diseases carried by insects. Think about different types of movement.
Frogs Observe frogs and tadpoles. Examine life cycles. Many Arts and reading resources.
Pigs What products can we get from pigs? Stories about pigs. Maths and Arts activities.
Snails Ideas for activities on snails in each learning area.
Snakes Examine how different cultures regard snakes. How can we use snake products? Arts activities.
Spiders Look at dangerous spiders around the world. Observe the features of spiders. Maths and Arts activities.
Schoolyard Safari Discover and observe small creatures in the school yard. Maths and Arts activities related to small creatures.
A Trip to the Zoo English activities - writing, speaking and listening, reading. Arts activities ñ Visual and Drama.
From Moo to You Investigate farm animals. Maths activities using milk and related products. Look at healthy eating.


K-P Graphic Organisers 3 > Environment: Oceans, Space, Jungle Plants

Amazing Space Investigate reasons for night/day. Learn about space shuttles, solar system and space exploration.
Beach Arts related. Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts ideas and activities.
Oceans Look at how we use the ocean and water treatment plants, boating. Investigate ocean animals.
The Ocean Investigate jobs relating to the ocean. Look at properties of materials that float. Activities relating to ocean animals.
Winter Look at weather around the world. Make records of local weather. Examine clothing for winter.
Caring for Me and My Environment Investigate recycling. Discuss the uses for trees. Arts activities with recycled products.
Plants Activities related to plants over 7 Learning areas.
Jungle Arts related. Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts ideas and activities.
Eggs Investigate different animals and their eggs / young. Arts activities with and relating to eggs.
Alike and Different Investigate differences / similarities between people and other living things. Measuring and recording.
Reading and Writing Mind map for reading then writing.


K-P Graphic Organisers 4 > Changes: Imagination, Patterns, Health

Candle Investigating light within the natural world. Interesting Maths, Arts and Literature activities.
Changes Where do we see changes? Observe environments, people, elements (e.g. water freezing), cooking.
Mysteries of Nature Explore mysteries of Science and Nature ñ magnetism, solar system, invisible painting, etc.
Circus Think about circus animals. Lots of role playing / acting. Investigate jobs within the circus.
Patterns Investigate patterns in nature, language, maths, construction.
Food Investigate different kinds of foods. Examine changes caused by processing foods.
Shapes Look at shapes in the environment and local community. Making shapes in lots of different ways.
Feeling Sick Discuss germs, our bodies and how to stay healthy. Discuss and practice personal hygiene.
Nighty-Night! Look at how people sleep around the world. Who works at night? Investigate nocturnal animals. Science of day / night.
Healthy Living Examine plants as food. Art activities relating to plants. Devise healthy foods / snacks.
Houses Examine different types of houses locally and around the world. Examine safety in the home.


K-P Graphic Organisers 5 > Fairy Tales, Toys, Travel

Fairy Tales Cooking and Arts activities related to Fairy Tales. Acting of roles. Discussions of themes.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Investigate life-cycles and seasons. Look at change. Sequencing activities. Think about foods.
Three Bears Use The Three Bears theme across all Learning Areas.
Jack and the Beanstalk Grow beans from seed. Investigate the needs of plants for growth. Maths activities.
The Wiggles Activities for Fine and Gross Motor skills using Wiggles Music. Role playing.
Easter How do we celebrate Easter? Look at foods and symbols. Activities across most learning areas relating to eggs.
Hat Attack Examine different types of hats and their associated cultures. Play games with / about hats.
Toys Look at toys from the past. Examine features of toys. Classify toys. Using toys as a teaching tool.
Bikes, Trikes and Trucks Look at transport from the past. Talk about road safety. Maths and Arts activities relating to vehicles.
Trucks Look at road safety. Maths activities. Discuss emergencies ñ fire trucks and ambulances.
On the Move Examine things that move, how they move, how we move. Lots of physical and art activities.
Post Office What do Post Offices do? Investigate stages of sending / receiving mail and other forms of communication.


Years 1-2 Graphic Organisers 1 > Environment, Animals and Health

Schoolyard Safari Discover and observe small creatures in the school yard.† Maths and Arts activities related to small creatures.
Creatures and Features Activities for investigating needs, features and function of living things and examining environmental features.
Frogs Observe frogs and tadpoles.† Examine life cycles.† Many Arts activities and reading resources.
Sssssssnakes Examine how different cultures regard snakes.† How can we use snake products?† Arts activities.
From Moo to You Investigate farm animals.† Maths activities using milk and related products.† Look at healthy eating.
A Trip to the zoo English activities: writing, speaking and listening, reading. Arts activities: Visual and Drama.
Plants Activities across 7 Learning Areas about plants.
Healthy Living Examine plants as food.† Arts activities relating to plants.† Devise healthy foods/snacks.
Food Activities across 7 learning areas relating to food.
The Ocean Investigate jobs relating to the ocean.† Look at properties of materials that float.† Activities relating to ocean animals.
Winter (Yr 1) The music, colours, songs and words of winter.† Winter in other countries.†
Caring For Me and My Environment Investigate recycling.† Discuss the uses for trees.† Arts activities with recycled products.†


Years 1-2 Graphic Organisers 2 > Me, Family and Community

Marvellous Me Investigate how we use energy.† Observe own features, shape, height, facial features.† Look at changes.
I Like Look at our bodies.† How do we keep them healthy? † Talk about personal preferences.
Families Arts, maths and health activities relating to families.† Investigate animal families.†
Fabulous Friends Learn about being a friend and what makes a friend.† Discuss conflict resolution.
Alike and Different Investigate difference/similarities between people and other living things. Measuring and recording.
Depending On Each Other How living things depend upon each other.† Food chains.† Families.† Communities.
Our Community Helpers Look at different roles in the community and how they help us and how they shape our community
The Community Activities across 7 learning areas relating to The Community.
Responsibility Discuss global responsibility.† Look at caring for young by humans/animals.† Personal and public safety.† Who has responsibility for community safety?
Pets (1) English Language Integrated


Years 1-2 Graphic Organisers 3 > Stories, Celebrations

Easter How do we celebrate Easter?† Look at foods and symbols.† Activities across most learning areas relating to eggs.
Christmas Ideas for working with the Christmas theme across 6 Learning Areas.
Anzac Day Anzac Day history and activities.
Making and Creating Think about energy - who needs it and why?† How do raw materials change?
Our Global Games (2) Look at flags, symbols and colours of countries.† Look at ceremonies and celebrations.
Jack and the Beanstalk Grow beans from seed.† Investigate the needs of plants for growth.† Maths activities.
Patterns Investigate patterns in nature, language, maths, construction.
The Wiggles (Yr 1) Activities based around the Wiggles characters over 8 Learning Areas.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar 8 week plan of Activities based around Caterpillars over 7 Learning Areas.
The Three Bears Use The Three Bears theme across all Learning Areas.†
Reading and Writing Mind map for reading then writing.


Years 3-4 Graphic Organisers 1 > Creatures and Features

Creatures and Features Activities for investigating needs, features and function of living things and examining environmental features.
A Trip to the zoo English activities - writing, speaking and listening, reading. Arts activities ñ Visual and Drama
Spiders Activities across 8 Learning Areas about spiders.
Animals and Us Investigate animal habitats.† How has our relationship with animals changed over time?
Mini Beasts Bug Me Life cycles of insects.Investigate small aquatic creatures.† Many Maths and Arts activities.
Animals Activities with earthworms.† Explore animal patterns, movements and sounds. Draw and make models.
Insects Examine life cycles.† Arts activities.† Controlling diseases carried by insects.† Think about different types of movement.
The Circus Care of animals.† Circus culture.† Models and patterns.† Physical activities.
The Beach Beach related activities for Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts.
Water Wonderful World Look at water and aquatic habitats.† Use of water.† Effects of drought.† Web links.
The Environment Examine environments and habitats.†
Rain Forests Activities across 4 learning areas relating to rain forests as well as ICT.


Years 3-4 Graphic Organisers 2 >Responsibility, Caring and Community

Depending On Each Other How living things depend upon each other.† Food chains.† Families.† Communities.
Responsibility Discuss global responsibility.† Look at caring for young by humans/animals.† Personal and public safety.† Who has responsibility for community safety?
Families Activities across 6 learning areas relating to families.
People † Examine families, cultures, nurturing.† Investigate fingerprints, senses and our body.
Keeping in Touch Study sound.† How do animals communicate? Changes in communication over time.
Care and compassion Showing care and compassion to all living things.† Role plays, discussions.† Ideas for showing care and compassion in the community.
Help Me Help You Investigate helpful machines.† What helps us in the community?† How can we help the community.
The Golden Rule Treating people and the environment with respect.
Fair Go Fairness towards animals, people and society.† Games.
Easter Symbols and customs of Easter around the world.† Many activities on an egg theme.
Anzac Day History and ceremonies.
Our Global Games (4) Maths activities related to athletic events.† Physical fitness.† Sporting symbols, emblems.


Years 3-4 Graphic Organisers 3 > Investigations

Making and Creating Think about energy - who needs it and why?† How do raw materials change?
Spinning in Space Investigate the solar system.† Explore science fiction.† How does the sun/moon affect us on Earth.
Patterns Investigate patterns in nature, language, maths, construction.
Magic and Imagination Explore mysteries of Science and Nature - magnetism, solar system, invisible painting etc.
Jack and the Beanstalk Grow beans from seed.† Investigate the needs of plants for growth.†Maths activities.
Plants in Action Investigate the workings of plants - Life cycle, parts of a flower, pollination, patterns.† How we eat plants.† Work with gardens.
Change Look at change in the lives of people and animals.† Investigate change over time.† Look at animal adaptations.
Nutrition Activities across 8 learning areas relating to nutrition
Sport Investigate fitness and exercise.† Discuss sportsmanship and individual and team sports.
Language Integrated Language.†
Reading and Writing Mind map for reading then writing.
Flight Investigate man and flight.† Examine flying animals.† Health issues regarding air travel.


Years 5-7 Graphic Organisers 1 > Environment

There is No Place Like Earth! Research plants, solar system, astronomy. Health issues related to living in space.
It is a Big World After All! Research climate change; investigate climate; activities related to diverse cultures.
Ecological Sustainability Integrated Writing Unit.
Oceans (4) What are the characteristics of oceans? Investigate stories/poems and art related to the ocean.
Rainforest (4) Investigate rain forest animals and environments. Talk about rainforest products and sustainability.
Water Wonderful World! Examine the water cycle. Maps, oceans. How we use water in our homes. Water treatment plan.
What a Load of Rubbish Environmental Health, Art from recycled materials, how animals can recycle. Packaging.
Recycling Integrated activities for Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts.
Spaceship Earth Environmental impact of humans on the Earth. Global Warming. Natural systems.
Who Turned up the Heat? Examine the greenhouse effect from scientific and mathematical perspectives. What is Earth's future?
Extinction Integration of 8 Learning areas.
The Icy-Pole of the South Antarctica: research climate, wildlife. Mapping and geography. What is the future for Antarctica?


Years 5-7 Graphic Organisers 2 > Australian Identity

Living off the Land How does astronomy affect what happens on Earth? Investigate seasons. Early civilisations and the land.
Burbs and Bush Compare living in the bush to living in the suburbs. Benefits / disadvantages. Mapping exercises.
Australian Identity Generalisations, stereotypes, Australian values. Energy uses in Australia.
Being Enterprising Investigate the operation of businesses. Profit and loss. Activities to raise money.
The Outback Australia in Prehistoric times, Dreamtime, Explorers, Australian Identity and the Outback.
Ore - some Gold! Uses for gold, mapping of gold mines. Investigate occupations connected with gold (primary and secondary).
Teamwork Explore the benefits of working in a team. Science and teamwork. Ways of minimising conflict.
Freedom Research needs of captive animals. What freedom do we have? What are our rights?
Government Rights, rules and responsibilities. Democracy activities. What different levels of government are responsible for.
Health Education 4 Terms of Health Education planning.
Transport Integrated Unit for Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts
Getting There Transport through the ages. Energy and transport. Road / vehicle safety. Exercise.


Years 5-7 Graphic Organisers 3 > Cultures and Celebrations

Respect Respect of self. Immigration and multiculturalism ñ respect of others. Respect for the environment. What do people understand respect to mean?
Peace, Pride and Prejudice Understanding cultures. Desirable values. Human impact on the biosphere.
Novel Study - Animal Farm Investigate democracy, communism. What is propaganda? What about equal opportunity?
Our Global Games Athletes and biomechanics. Ancient vs Modern Olympics. Exercise and food for physical fitness.
Celebrations How do different cultures celebrate? Symbols of celebration. Why do we celebrate?
Living Legends Integrated Tasks for Learning Visual Arts, English, Media, Drama
Rivers and Rice Examine different forms of energy. Explore counties and climatic conditions for growing rice.
China Geography and History of China. Investigate Communism. Calligraphy, food, family relationships.
Ancient Greece Investigate scientific achievements, lifestyles. Work on mathematical theorems related to Ancient Greece.
Space Research space and how it affects life on Earth. Historical perspectives on Space. Space vehicles.
Galaxy Adventures Integrated Task for learning Visual Arts, English, Media, Drama.
Useful and Crazy Things Look at inventions over time. How have they helped us? Energy experiments.