Using Infographics as an Alternative to Traditional Texts in the Classroom

The use of infographics to captivate and engage students while introducing concepts and presenting data is a popular educational trend that supports 21st century learning. Instead of pages of text, infographics use design elements to illustrate essential facts. About 65 percent of students are visual learners, so infographics offer an attractive alternative to traditional texts.

Here are some helpful tips for how to use infographics in the classroom with Carson-Dellosa’s reproducible Infographics Workbook series:

Why Should I Use Infographics?

Don’t say it—show it! According to 3M Corporation, visual aids in the classroom improve learning by up to 400 percent. So the power of images, pictures, colors, and maps to teach and engage students is undeniable. With infographics, facts jump off the page, making them easier for students to digest. And, given that students can recall images more easily than large amounts of text, you can turn learning into an appealing and stimulating experience by using colorful eye-catching visuals and text treatments in an infographic format.

Infographics in Your Classroom

The attention-grabbing infographics in Carson-Dellosa’s Infographics Workbooks series build visual literacy and cross-curricular skills. Each infographic page can be used alone for skill review or as an instructional resource paired with an appropriate lesson plan. Students will learn to use a variety of nonfiction text features such as headings, diagrams, maps, sidebars, time lines, and graphs.

The workbooks are designed to integrate math, language arts, science, and social studies. Students will study infographics on a variety of science and social studies topics and use them to answer related math and language arts questions for standards-aligned practice. The high-interest topics and full-color visuals will grab students’ attention and keep them practicing valuable skills, from computation to using text features.

Benefits of Using Infographics in the Classroom

  • Applies nonfiction text features to teach informational text
  • Promotes visual literacy for all learners
  • Integrates all content areas for cross-curricular learning
  • Expands critical thinking skills
  • Assesses understanding with multiple-format questions, short answer writing practice, and comprehension questions

How to Use the Reproducible Ready to Go: Infographics Series

Easy set up – All pages in the workbooks are perforated, which means that all activities are detachable. This makes it easy and convenient to reproduce them and share with students, then store them in file folders. All pages are also made of laminated card stock, making them durable and substantial. Place them in a center with write-on/wipe-away markers to use multiple times.

These self-contained, easy-to-assemble activities require almost no preparation and are ideal to use for morning work, at the end of the day, or to keep early finishers engaged.

Self-checking – Once you have removed all of the activities from the book, remove the provided answer key, and include it with the activities so that students can check their work. Alternately, you can reproduce the comprehension questions and write in the provided answers to create a separate answer key for each activity.

Differentiated learning opportunities – This hands-on format, which is filled with compelling infographics and corresponding questions, is perfect for supporting differentiated learning with one-on-one or small group instruction.

Use the activities to build a whole class discussion – Choose one infographic to analyze and reproduce enough copies of the graphic and corresponding comprehension questions for the whole class. Organize students into small groups. Have students analyze the infographic on their own, then answer the comprehension questions as a group. Let each group further discuss the infographic and generate additional questions to discuss with the class. Each group can also share their conclusions and questions for a whole class discussion.