We all want our students to love learning. We want them to explore the world around them, to ask inquiry questions about what they observe, to engage in deep thought about complicated ideas, both concrete and abstract.
But are we really giving them the opportunity to do that? Are we scaffolding the skills required to think deeply about their world?
This is a set of 180 visually stimulating and thought-provoking photographs designed to help students observe, think, discuss, and write critically. I wanted to give students the experience of genuine wonder: posing questions and generating their own possible answers.
3 VERSIONS INCLUDED:
ALL 3 versions include a clickable index so that you can quickly scan the photographs to find the one that suits your lesson.
Please make sure to see the preview file for details!
1) 4 SLIDE VERSION
This version includes 4 slides per photograph. These slides are designed to scaffold student thinking and prompt open-ended response to the photographs. PLEASE NOTE: This version is so large that the file size of the PowerPoint makes it too big to upload to TpT and would be very slow to load on your computer. Therefore, I have made the 4-slide version into a PDF file. You can use this PDF in much the same manner as a PowerPoint file simply by entering “full-screen mode”.
2) SIMPLE VERSION:
This version includes a single slide for each image. Each slide simply prompts students to write about the photograph. This version is perfect for a do-now activity, morning work, or if you want to give students the freedom to approach the photograph without the influence of a guided prompt or discussion.
3) PRE-MADE PROMPTS: EDITABLE VERSION:
This version includes a single slide for each photograph. On the slide, I have written a prompt to spark student thinking, writing, and/or discussion. These prompts are editable - if you would like to change them or come up with your own, simply click inside of the text box and edit it to fit your needs.
How can you use these prompts?
•Project the slides on a television, computer, or SmartBoard screen.
•Use one each day, one each week, or simply whenever you need them. There are enough photographs for each day of the school year, but feel free to pick and choose the ones that speak to you the most.
•These prompts can be used to spark creative writing, or simply critical thought and discussion.
•The prompts make a wonderful do-now assignment, or warm up for the day. You could project an image at the beginning of the day for students to consider as they come in in the morning.
•The photographs are a GREAT way to jump-start reluctant writers. You can even set a single student up at a computer and have him or her find a photograph within the PowerPoint to write about.
•The editable version can be used with any number of language arts skills. Change the prompts to fit in with a study of making inferences, main idea and details, etc. The possibilities are endless.
•Although this file is designed to be used as an on-screen presentation, you could certainly pick and choose your favorite slides to print out and laminate!
One of the many great things about this resource is that it levels the playing field for all different types of learners. It is equally valuable for gifted and talented students, special education students, English Language Learners, etc. This is a great way to get students of all ages and abilities thinking critically and practicing oral and written language skills.
© Blair Turner 2014
Materials are licensed for personal use in one classroom only. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses.