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Are you reading to take your skill-based reading comprehension instruction to the next level? Using Pictures to Teach and Review Reading Skills is a well-loved, teacher-approved method that has become a staple in classrooms across the globe.
This resource has been designed to help you teach and review reading comprehension skills using pictures AND teach students how to apply their skills to short reading passages!
These 20 printable pages allow students to observe a picture and make inferences, ask questions, make predictions, etc., practice a wide variety of reading skills based on the picture, and apply the reading skill to a short passage.
There are a total of 20 printable pages that each include a MIXED review of the following essential reading skills:
- Cause & Effect
- Compare & Contrast
- Story Elements
- Fact & Opinion
- Main Idea
- Point of View
- Character Traits
- Literal vs. Inferential
- Author’s Purpose
- Context Clues
- Making Predictions
There are four components to EACH page of this resource:
Observe It: This section includes the picture with plenty of white space around it. The white area is for students to make literal AND inferential observations. Take as many notes as you can, encourage students to stretch their thinking, and watch their inference skills grow with EVERY picture you observe! Examples of observations are on the following page. ALWAYS COMPLETE THIS SECTION FIRST! If possible, fold the bottom section under so that students do nothing but observe here. They will be pleasantly surprised to find that they can use their observations to complete the “Answer It” section.
Choose It: This section has a multiple choice task that is related to the picture and reviews a specific reading skill.
Answer It: This section has a task to complete that focuses on a specific reading skill AND relates to the picture in the “observe it” section.
Apply It: This section has a short story that loosely relates to the same topic shown in the picture (but does NOT represent the picture) and includes a task that relates to a specific reading skill focus.
Why use pictures to teach reading skills?
I have thoughtfully designed these resources to align with best practices in reading comprehension instruction.
- This resource allows you to teach and review reading skills using pictures in an approachable, engaging, and easy-to-understand format.
- Applying reading skills to pictures requires students to think critically about the skill at hand.
- After using the picture to teach the skill, the resource transitions students to short tasks and reading passages where they apply the same skill in a different way.
- It prepares students for the cognitively demanding task of applying skills to authentic texts, such as picture books and novels.
- There is documented value in observing a picture and making inferences based on observations (and learning the difference between the two!), asking questions, making predictions, etc., and this resource does just that!
The Finer Details:
Printing: The images print well in color OR black and white. I do encourage you to project or show a color image for students so that they can make even more observations and inferences.
Answer Keys: I have included an answer key for each resource, but PLEASE NOTE: students should be encouraged to come up with their own original answers. Since many of the tasks are open-ended, there are many justifiable answers. These tasks are meant to encourage kids to think outside the box! You will be amazed at what they come up with.
Grouping Use: These printables are perfect for whole group or small group instruction, morning work, literacy centers, and more! I strongly suggest working through several of these pages as a whole group before allowing students to work independently on them– particularly the “OBSERVE” section.
Grade Levels: Ideal for Grades 3+ and Enrichment or Whole-Class 2nd grade. I have personally used these with 2nd grade through 5th grade. The options are endless!
Digital and Projectable Access: In addition to the original printable version, there are TWO options for digital access for EACH of the four sets above. The original version that is identical to the printable pages is still included, but this resource also includes an interactive, easy-to-read and navigate Google Slides version! This digital version is also perfect for projecting as you teach a whole class lesson or small group.
This resource also includes a cover page to make this into a practice booklet, a one-page reference guide for each skill, additional resource links to my SEVEN+ blog posts about using pictures to teach reading skills, and observation samples to help you teach the initial lessons.
I LOVE to incorporate pictures into my reading skill instruction! Visit my blog to see a plethora of posts and sample Using Pictures to Teach Reading Skills Anchor Charts!
I LOVE to incorporate pictures into my reading skill instruction!
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