How to Use Wordless and Minimal-text Picture Books | Lee & Low BlogOne of our favorite parts about wordless picture books is that they can be used at almost any grade level. As students progress, wordless picture books become terrific springboards for talking about imagery, theme, and more. Below are some of the best wordless picture books for your classroom library. The first book in the Journey series takes readers on a magical adventure of self-discovery. A young boy visits the beach to learn about marine life. Using his exploration tools, he discovers the wonders of underwater life and the truth behind a mysterious photograph.
Using Picture Books With Older Students – A How-to Guide
Wordless picture books may be better defined by what they do contain — visually rendered narratives — rather than what they do not contain. This article challenges traditional ways of looking at wordless picturebooks and offers a few approaches for integrating wordless picturebooks into a wider range of classrooms, preschool through middle school. Traditionally, wordless picture books have been defined by what they do not contain: words. They have also been defined by an assumed readership of young readers who can't yet read words. In this column, I would like to challenge both of these traditional ways of looking at wordless picture books and offer a few approaches for integrating wordless picture books into a wider range of classrooms: preschool through middle school.
In this age of rigor, text complexity, and higher standards for younger and younger readers—why do wordless picture books continue to be so popular? Wordless picture books and consequent activities also appeal to older students, who have the opportunity to experiment with creative writing in response to the stimulating illustrations. The Turtle Ship. Cover up the text and have children imagine how Sun-sin, with the help of his beloved pet turtle, constructs the ship. The Turtle Ship inspires creativity and ingenuity in children and lends itself to children making their own structures inspired by the intricate paper collage. Here is an imaginary tale of self-discovery told by a child who grows, learns about the natural world, embraces others, and is free to be who he or she is meant to be. Read the words or cover up the text and focus on the feelings and emotions of the children in the book.
I have written extensively about the use of picture books within our classroom and yet there are still questions that keep coming up. No worries as I realized that I had yet to make a central blog post about picture books and how I use them with older students and so while this post may be long, I hope it is helpful. Note that really everything I write here about using picture books with older students also goes for using them with younger kids because as we all know there no is no too old for picture books. I am connected. And I tweet out asking for recommendations all of the time. I keep a written list handy.
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Sharing wordless books is a terrific way to build important literacy skills, including listening skills, vocabulary, comprehension and an increased awareness of how stories are structured. And children love them — they can really pore over the pictures and create their own story in their own words. Wordless books can also be used in ELL classrooms and with struggling readers. Explore these books with the young kids you know — and get ready for some creative storytelling! At One Hoppin' Place, the countdown to bedtime is about to begin when a family of hamsters — a mother and father with nine kids and a baby all wearing numbered striped jerseys — arrives at the front door. This wordless book tells the story of a boy and his dog trying to catch a frog. As they head home empty-handed, they are surprised to find that the frog followed them home!