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Flow Chart Skills for Students
Grades 3-12

Overview: Organizational skills have got to be high on the list of things our students need improvement in. While flow charts may not seem to be for everyone, they are part of a project management process that is researched and works very well in not only showing the process of a project, but in its best form, also the time needed for completion. Project management pundits keep telling us to spend fully one-fourth of the total time on a project in the planning stage, and driving this point home to students will help to give them a foundation for life of planning and organizing.
Flow Chart SymbolsResources: Teacher: flow chart examples on transparencies; flow chart example handouts; chart paper for each group; markers for each group. Student: pencil, paper.
Teacher Preparation: Make 2 or 3 simple examples of flow charts on overhead. Handouts of examples could be made.
Procedure Ideas:

  1. Talk about importance of getting organized - that it takes time and planning.
  2. Explain that one method of strategy is to use a flow chart, and give definition.
  3. Show 2 or 3 examples of flow chart using the overhead or handouts.
  4. Develop a flow chart together with class. Examples might be discipline procedures, getting ready for school, planning a party or planting a garden.
  5. Have students work in teams of 3 or 4 students and have them develop a flow chart for submitting a letter to the editor of the local paper.

Variations/Options: Students can target an area of their school or home life that is causing them problems due to poor planning and create a chart to analyze the situation.

Understanding Another's Perspective
Grades 3-12

Overview: After studying a certain location (city, state or country) students will write diary entries from the perspectives of fictitious people, listing positive aspects of the location studied. This activity would be a way of assessing the students' knowledge of the area studied.
Procedure Ideas:

  • Students will write from the perspective of a person who has visited for a few days or researched the area for a particular interest. People might include someone considering moving a business to town, a family looking for a different area to move to and a person vacationing. Contrast with a person who has been a long-time resident.
  • Students will need to brainstorm ideas for the needs and interests of each fictitious individual.
  • Students should write in a personal, first-person style.
  • Communicate feelings as well as objective opinions.