• Danielle Mussafi

Take a Picture Walk - in a book!

Picture walks are an interactive and dyamic way to introduce a new book by first looking only at the illustrations.

During that first look-through, you discuss what you are seeing, what you imagine the characters feel and are thinking, and make guesses and predictions about what the story would be. Later on, either immediately after or even up to a day later, you read the text and compare your guesses to what actually happened.

This type of activity really helps the kids with pre-reading skills and literacy growth by having them explore using visual/context clues as a comprehension strategy. Prediction-making and "thinking about reading" are high level skills being utilized here as well.

Tip: be sure to pick books with colorful and detailed illustrations with text that relates directly to the images. The book should be age appropriate and not too long. Include all images, including the cover.

Examples of guiding questions while doing picture walks are: what is happening on this page? What do you see? What do you think he/she/they are feeling? Where do you think they are going? What do you think will happen next?

If your child is having difficulty, you can model the strategy by speaking aloud what you are seeing and asking their opinions. Example: “I am looking at the mother’s face and she looks happy. Do you agree? Why do you think she is happy?” If you try it out this week, let me know how it goes! :)

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