Literacy 4-6

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Creating Visuals


Students activate more cognitive processes by exploring and representing their understandings in visual form. Artistic expression allows learners to exhibit what they know and can do in alternative ways that lead to greater Motivation and retention of information.

Use It in the Classroom

Starting at 1:22, watch how elementary students use art to further understand and apply the concepts they are learning in physics. By analyzing and describing art in a group setting, learners practice their Verbal Reasoning and Vocabulary.

  • Creating art allows learners to show what they cannot yet express through writing while still targeting literacy skills, such as Verbal Reasoning and Vocabulary building. For example, when learners create their own comic strips to retell a story, they must draw upon their understanding of Emotion and Genre Conventions to represent their story in a visual manner.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Watch how Chromville marries coloring and augmented reality to provide a creative learning experience for a variety of learners. Enhancing the coloring pages via AR promotes creative storytelling and facilitates the development of learners' Genre Conventions. Layering another possibility on top of a learner's drawing can encourage greater Attention and Motivation for the learning process.

  • A drawing tool, digital or 3D, provides students multiple ways to communicate their learning. This supports student Attention and allows users to explore their creative thinking and bring their ideas to life.
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