"Spy" with Luna™

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  • Skills: Descriptive language, Inference, Comprehension
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Grouping:Whole Class
  • Time: 10-15 Minutes
  • Materials: Luna™, computer, a detailed, theme-based photograph from a book or magazine or a collage of theme-based images

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  1. Draw on students' prior to knowledge by asking them what they know about making inferences when they read. Through discussion, lead the class to the conclusion that making inferences is using information provided by the author together with your own knowledge to draw a conclusion or to read between the lines.
  2. Guide

  3. Use Luna to show detailed, theme-basedphotographs or collagesto the class. Explain thateach photo or collage isbased on a theme.
  4. Challenge students to infer what the theme is for each photograph based on the items in the photo. Have students write their ideas about inferences on paper, display them with Luna, and discuss with the class.
  5. Then have students create thematic picture puzzles for other students to explore playing a game of "I Spy." Students may use a photograph taken of a collection of objects or a collage created from cutting and gluing magazine pictures. Have students write a sentence telling classmates what to search for, such as Look for two animals that fly, three amphibians, and an animal that lays eggs.
  6. Assess

  7. Have students self-assess their thematic puzzles using the attached rubric. Have students explain why they scored themselves as they did.
  8. Extend

  9. Have groups of students select a theme and create a digital picture, exploring websites for inspiration. Students create pictures using software and use Luna to show pictures to the class.