For this post I looked high and low for a great infographic to use in a future lesson. I focused on trying to find something new I haven’t seen before. I searched solar systems, extreme weather, communities….and a few more. After searching for a little while I came up with nothing. Not many of the infographics I was finding out there would work at a grade 3 level, let alone relate to one of my units.
I got to thinking about literacy and finding something that may work in a language arts lesson. The first idea I got was to feature a very simple, but effective, infographic I have been using for a few years now to communicate the benefits of reading at home. It wasn’t the fanciest…and is barely an infographic….but it was a visual representation of data so it fit the bill.
I have used this at the beginning of the year to help students understand why reading at home is important. I also use it on parents night to let them know that they need to get involved and keep their children involved in reading at least 20 minutes a night at home.
After finding this infographic I decided to look further and see if their was something else out there that might be a little more updated. I was lucky to find the below infographic; a more visually appealing and modern version of the same idea.
This version has more icons and visual representations of the data. It would be a wonderful addition to a lesson introducing the importance of reading at home. It could also be used cross-curricular to connect to a math lesson on data collection. Students could tally up the minutes they read each week and make their own similar infographic using icons of their choice. Since I am in a PYP school, and we focus on inquiry, I can’t help but like the questions at the bottom. They force the viewer to look at their reading habits, or their child’s reading habits critically. In the future I will continue to use this idea at the beginning, and throughout the year, but I might take a program like piktochart or Easi.ly and take my own crack at it.