VTS in the classroom

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VTS in the classroom

Robyn Davis
Referring back to the videos, articles, etc. that you read/watched about VTS, discuss the implications and use in your classroom of implementing and using VTS. Add at least one website link, with a brief description about it, that demonstrates a way to use VTS in a classroom.

As I believe I said in a previous discussion thread, I am intrigued by VTS and its implications for use in my teaching as an elementary librarian.  I have always enjoyed picture books, but this has me thinking much more deeply about how artworks plays an important role in the whole story.  Also, how the use of art techniques can help students in all areas of the curriculum.  WE have for a long time in education believed in making connections between different areas of the curriculum, but I think that art is one connection we have failed to make on a regular basis. It's much easier to see how we can incorporate READING into Science and Social studies. Or to see how Math ties into Science or reading to math... But, how essential are those visual skills our students learn in art class to all areas?  It helps them think and it can also make those connections for our students who are tactile and visual learners.  I hope I can incorporate more of it into my teaching next year as well as perhaps the end of this year.

I found a site
https://5card.cogdogblog.com/play.php
that seems like it would be a great opportunity for older students (4th and above).
It's called Five Card Flikr stories.  You choose 5 "cards" or pics posted on Flikr and develop a story from those.  IT would be a great opportunity to discuss the elements of the picture and what they make the student think about.

There was also a great article https://twowritingteachers.org/2014/10/20/carlehighlights/ 
regarding picture books as art forms.  I've been working with my students this year on "reading" pictures - and how the picture is a part of the story.  This article refers to a particular book  Picture this - How Pictures work to explain how   "images--and their individual components--work to tell a story that engages the emotions"  I want to get my hands on this book!  It sounds like it would be a perfect companion to what we are being taught in this class.

** I apologize if my links do not work directly. My computer is being obnoxious.**
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Dana Wright
I love the link about using picture books. It seems like some districts are getting away from using picture books as an integral part of the reading curriculum. This site shows that a wealth of information can be drawn from an illustration, which helps emergent readers make sense of the text.
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Re: VTS in the classroom

Denise Bonati
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Yes, I agree that there is an emphasis on making connections through reading and s.s and science yet the use of art is an integral part in all subject connections.
In my searching, I too found the 5 card Flickr stories. I see a great benefit in this assignment. What if vocabulary words were incorporated into the task of tying together these stories with use of specified word choices? This can still be very creative.