Monday, May 6, 2013

Having Fun with Common Core: Interpreting Visual Elements

Of course, photos and artwork aren’t the only kinds of visual elements students are going to encounter in life, so the CCSS for ELA Reading Informational Text #7 goals for upper elementary focus on maps, charts, graphs, and more.

Integration of Knowledge & Ideas #7

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Use information gained from maps, photos, and other illustrations and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding where, when, why, and how key events occur.

Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (charts, graphs, diagrams) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

At grade 3 and 4, some good choices include my A Place for . . . books, which have maps on the end papers and diagrams scattered throughout.  Mosquito Bite and Sneeze!, both by Alexandra Siy & Dennis Kunkle, feature a stunning array of micrographs as well as images of kids.
For grade 5, look for books with a solid table of contents and index. Examples include:
Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone
Amelia Lost by Candice Flemming
Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson
We’ve Got a Job by Cynthia Levinson

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