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Visual Thinking Strategies

2024-25 Educator Resources

Permission to Wonder

Harness the power of curiosity in your classroom.

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Permission to Wonder


Observation Template

Listen Up

Using VTS skills to strengthen speaking and listening skills.

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Listen Up


Wonder Wednesdays

Question Power

Ignite the power of critical thinking throughout your day with questions.

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Question Power

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Area Questions

Beyond Write & Return

Put returned VTS writing pieces to work in your classroom.

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Existing Writing Ideas

Books Are Magic

Using VTS skills to maximize the impact of your read alouds.

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Book Magic

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Illustration Example


Tell Me A Story Template

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Notes Page Template

Class Life Is Art

Leverage the existing art in your classroom to build critical thinking skills.

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Class Life Is Art

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Station Ideas

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Observation Template

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Fridge Example

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Fridge Observation Template

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VTS Feelings

Engaging Early Finishers

Boost productive learning time with VTS work for early finishers

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Early Finishers

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Finisher  Idea Board

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Illustration Template

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Before or After Template

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Writing Exemplar Template

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Math Tool Template

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Word Problem Template

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Text Features Template

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Choice Board Template (Blank)

Making Cultural Connections

Seize the rich examples of diverse cultures in artwork.

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Cultural Connections

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Cultural Connection Images

Morning Work

Energize your morning work with VTS.

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Morning Work

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Morning Work Template

Word Wonders

Expand student vocabulary through VTS discussions.

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Word Wonders

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Listen Up Template

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Words to Know

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Personal Word Wall

VTS & Constructed Responses

Develop constructed response skills using visual texts.

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Constructed Response Ideas

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Constructed Response Explanation

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Constructed Response Poster

High-Tech VTS

Put classroom technology to work to provide additional VTS applications.

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Constructed Response Poster

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HyperDoc Sample for VTS

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Class Response Sample

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