Picture Day Perfection is a fun story with an unexpected ending, and it's appropriate for all elementary school ages, including upper elementary. (In fact, due to its subtle humor, it's particularly appealing to students in the 3rd through 5th grade range.)
Use of the story can be a launching point for a teaching lesson or other classroom activity, at any time during the year. Possible classroom connections include reading, writing, technology, art, and more.
Resources for classroom use of the story include:
- K-2 Common Core State Standards Aligned Discussion & Activity Guide for Picture Day Perfection (guide created by Debbie Gonzales) [a guide for 3rd-5th is under development]
- A recent blog post on scholastic.com by 4th grade teacher Lindsey Petlak with ideas about using Picture Day Perfection to help students connect with and learn about visualization, text connections, narrative writing, and citing text evidence
And some examples of real life classroom use of Picture Day Perfection include:
If you use Picture Day Perfection in your classroom, I'd love to hear about it! Feel free to share your experience in the comments section below. And if you blog or post to your web site about your classroom use, let me know so I can add your post to the list above.