Recently, I was trying to find some good picture books to use with the Zoom In thinking routine as found in the book Making Thinking Visible.  I went straight to author/illustrator David Wiesner and his amazing work.  Wiesner is able to take the most ordinary, everyday items and experiences and transform them into incredible adventures. Any of his books would make a great introduction to the Zoom In routine.  One book in particular really stood out to me.  I Got It! is the latest publication by David Wiesner.  This book details the experience of an ordinary young boy during a baseball game.  The entire book only covers a few seconds in this boy’s life, yet it provides the reader with an inside view of his thinking.  As a mentor text, Wiesner shows how to really zoom in on a moment. 


The Zoom In routine is typically done with one image that is slowly revealed.  The main purpose is to encourage learners to make tentative hypotheses.  This routine shows that not only is it okay to change your mind, but it is imperative to modify current interpretations as new information is provided.  I Got It! allows for a fun variation on using just one image.  This book allows students to hypothesize on the outcome and be flexible in considering the different scenarios that the main character imagines.   It reinforces the need to look for the details when reading which hopefully will transfer to using great details in our own writing.  Using a thinking routine with a picture book really deepens the comprehension of the story and reinforces the connection to writing.

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009


April 8, 2019

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