Together When Apart: Week 1 Extended Learning for Early Learners
Updated: Apr 3
Below, you’ll find extension activities to help early learners dig deeper into the content of their Week 1 Inquiry.
During this week’s inquiry, students examined a set of historical images. You can always dig deeper into historical photos as a primary source, challenging students to make inferences about historical setting. Try these extensions:
>>Visit "What’s Going On in This Picture?" from The New York Times to find a daily image analysis challenge.
>>Check out “40 Most Intriguing Photos to Make Students Think” for a slideshow of the editors’ favorites.
>>When discussing these images, try the following prompts:
Who: Who is in the picture? What are they wearing? How do you think they are connected to each other?
What: What objects do you see? What activities do you see?
Where: What’s in the background? Is this inside or outside?
When: What time of day do you think it is? What season could it be? Do you think this is today or long ago?
Wonder: What does this picture make you wonder?
Feel: What does this picture make you feel?
Students can also dig deeper through reading and writing activities. Try these extensions:
>>Challenge students to read a book connected to the inquiry (see suggested titles below) and identify the setting in one part of the story.
Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña, or access the video read-aloud
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, or access the video read-aloud
>>To prompt discussion or writing in response to their reading, ask:
Who: Who is in the story? What are they wearing? How do you think they are connected to each other?
What: What happens during the story? What do the characters do?
Where: Where are the characters? Are they inside or outside? What do you see in the background of the pictures?
When: What season is it? Do you think this story is from now or long ago? What time of day is it?
Remember! You can always repeat this inquiry in a few weeks to make a new “Here and Now Snapshot.” It’s a good way to remind students that their world is always changing!