Frames to make one wonder and think

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In a recent workshop at our school, we were taught about a new fantastic tool to use to help boost our higher level thinking. Basically, a rectangle is cut out of a sheet of paper and the students place a picture or an object inside. I have already used these frames with our student novels and our students drew a main character to place inside to discuss. This time we used geometric figures inside. Students can complete such stems as, “I wonder…”, “In real life…”, “This compares to…”. It is difficult at first, but once students understand what is needed, the conversations come to them naturally.

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