Challenge #1- Working With Illustrations
- Learning Objective: Young learners will be able to recall details from the text and retell the story through the use of illustrations..
- Skills: fine motor, literacy(as defined below)
- Common Core Standard Focus:
- Reading- Key Ideas and Details Standard 2: With prompting and support, identify characters, setting and major events in a story.
- Reading- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Standard 7: Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting or events.
Instructions for the Activity
1) Engage your young learner with a dynamic reading of a book. Encourage your young learner to participate in the reading by asking questions or having him/her point out characters or objects in the illustrations.
- Extension: If your young learner is advanced, after reading a page, ask your child critical thinking questions. Examples follow:
- Why did (character’s name) do that? Say that?
- How do you think (character’s name) feels?
- What do you think might happen next?
2) After reading, target the literacy skill of describing a character, setting or event of a story by having your young learner “retell” the story through a picture. Develop his/her fine motor skills by have him/her draw and color the characters, setting and events of the story.
3) After your young learner finishes his/her illustration, engage him/her in a discussion about the illustration. This emphasizes Reading Standard 7- the Integration of Knowledge and Ideas. You’re basically asking your young learner to describe his/her picture, but some example questions follow:
- Can you tell me about your picture?
- What is happening here? (point at a part of the drawing)
- Who is this (point at a character)?
- Why did you draw him/her/it like that?
*What you are looking for here, is your child to be able to support his/her illustrations with details from the text. This activity focuses not only on the reading skill of recall, but also on verbal and language skills.*
Inspire other parents by sending us pictures of you and your child working on this challenge! You can even send us a picture of your young learner’s artwork:)