Teaching Resource

Fishbone/Herringbone Diagram Graphic Organizer

PDF, Google Slides | 1 page|Grades: 2 - 7

A blank fishbone and herringbone diagram to use in any subject area.

Use one of these graphic organizers to help students identify and understand multiple causes for a single effect.

The fishbone and herringbone graphic organizers help to visually display the many potential causes for a specific effect or problem. It is particularly useful when working in a group setting.

To complete the organizer, students:

  • place the effect or problem in the circle
  • place each cause on a separate diagonal line.


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