FREE Science Picture of the Day Writing Picture Prompt Sample Activity

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The Owl Teacher
Grade Levels
2nd - 5th, Homeschool
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22 pages
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Snag this critical thinking activity where students practice analyzing, inferring, and observing real-life science in photographs. Students also notice key details while utilizing science vocabulary. The goal is for students to observe science in our everyday lives.

You can read more about how I use this critical thinking activity in the classroom on my blog: Science Picture of the Day Freebie at The Owl Teacher Blog.

This product meets the Common Core standards of RI.1 (Inference, Key Details and Informational Text) along with SL.2 and 4 (Key discussion and use of vocabulary). Further, this is a great way to get your students to think deeper and more critically with this open-ended activity.

Check out the complete year (190 pictures) product here: The Science Picture of the Day (Picture This).

This Freebie Includes:

✓ Branches of science: physical science, earth science, and life science

✓ Can be utilized for nearly any topic of study in the science curriculum

With This Freebie You'll Get:

✓ Almost one weeks' worth of real-life pictures (4 days) in one format

✓ A digital copy of the sample too!

✓ Possible answers

Other Buyers Have Said:

"Wow! After looking over this freebie, I decided that I need to use it on Pi Day. My student will be reading about Albert Einstein and your pictures remind me of how he looked at the world. If our kids begin looking at the world with science eyes as students, then who knows what they can accomplish when they become adults. Thanks!" (Thank you, Digging Deep to Soar Beyond the Text!)

"This is an awesome idea to promote scientific thinking!" (Thank you, Linda M.!)

"My students love this type of activity. They then find pictures in magazines or the internet and create their own inferred science challenge." (Thank you, Nancy M.!)

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Final Notes:

All pictures print best in color, but, of course, they will print just fine in grayscale.

I have provided an answer key for each picture prompt, but the science seen in these pictures is not limited to my answers, as there are many aspects of science in our daily lives. Be sure to have students justify their reasoning, and how deep you go with the science concepts is at your discretion.

If you see ANYTHING that needs modifying, or if you have any questions, please contact me via the Q&A. I take my product creation and your satisfaction very seriously! Thanks!

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These prompts can be used daily like a “picture of the day” activity, as morning work, as a science warm-up, as a science center, as science homework, or even as an activity for an early finisher.

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Total Pages
22 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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