Common Core requires students at all levels to be able to pull information from illustrations that accompany the text to add meaning to what is being read.
Kindergarten: RL K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
First Grade: RL 1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Second GradeL RL 2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
Third Grade: RL 3.7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
The first two books will help you plan lessons to meet this standard and are probably already on your bookshelf.
All of Chris Van Allsburg's books have wonderful illustrations. Jumanji is just one. Remind students to look for the little white bull terrier that appears in most of his books and write reasons why the dog belongs in the particular story.
Who doesn't love the zany antics of Gloria?
Cover up the words with Post-its and let students guess which safety rule is illustrated.
Officer Buckle and Gloria
You might not have a copy of Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, but if you don't, go order one now. I have one of the portfolio sets so that I can post one of the pictures and the caption in the room or in a literacy station. My students love when I put one of these up. They will scour the picture for details.
Here's a link to the portfolio edition.
And last, but not least, is a collection of short stories written by familiar authors telling what they think happened in the Harris Burdick pictures. This one is on my wish list, but I think it will be fun to share these stories with my kiddos after they write their own.
Do you have any other books that are your favorites for linking illustrations with the text? Share them in a comment. I'll choose one of the comments to win a product of your choice from my TpT store. Leave your comment and email address before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 2.