Posted on 01/20/2014 at 12:08 PM by Global Reach

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Observing, Describing, and Inferring With Picture of the Day: Reading Photos "Closely"

This is from one of my favorite Blogs Hello Literacy.  Here's just a few parts of the post:

What do you observe in this picture?
What details do you notice?
What do see when observing it "closely"?
What inferences can you make based on what you see in this picture? 

These are just a few of the questions that get kids thinking about some of the answers to many of the questions we ask them during close readings of a text.  Picture of the Day is an inferring strategy I started with students last year to increase their reading comprehension, in the particular area of Inferring. A toughie for a lot of kids.  Practicing this reading skill with pictures instead of text gives students an opportunity to use the same part of their thinking brain as they do for comprehending text, but without the taxing part of decoding text.
When students are "doing" Picture of the Day, they are:
 Observing Details in Pictures;
 Describing Details in Pictures;
 Analyzing Details in Picture;
 and Making Inferences about Details in Pictures.

The best part about using pictures to teach inferring is that it correlates to the following Common Core standards for elementary grades, K-6.

RL.1 & RIT.1 - "Read closely to determine what the [picture] says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific [picture] evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text."

SL.2 - "Integrate and elaluate  information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually...."

SL.4 - "Present...supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning...appropriate to the task."

SL.5 - "Make strategic use of digital media and visual express information and enhance understanding..."

Click on the link above to finish reading.  There are lots of pictures, links to photos to use, anchor charts, and a description on how to do this with your class. 
What a great strategy for all students in any grade!

Ponder This:
"You are free to choose but you are not free from the consequence of your choice"

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