I Spy Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
I use I Spy books in my classroom for problem solving skills and looking for details. My students love looking for the hidden objects in these books.
Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).
- Any books from the I Spy series by Jean Marzollo
- Photographs by Walter Wick
- Chart paper
Step 1: Read aloud an I Spy book as a class.
Step 2: Make a list of the rhyming words on chart paper. Make a separate list of adjectives on a new piece of chart paper.
Step 3: Talk about the use of commas in the book.
Step 4: Explain to students that they will be creating an iPhoto book using photos of object collages, word collages, or shape or number collages.
Step 5: Have students arrange their objects into a collage, then take a digital photo of the collage. Repeat this for each page or have a class book with a page for each student.
Step 6: Import the photos into iPhoto and organize in an album. Create a book from this album.
Step 7: Have students write the words for their pages. Help them follow the rhyming pattern of the I Spy books using the word lists of rhyming words and adjectives as a guide.
Supporting All Learners
When students use a digital camera, remind them to use the strap on the camera to prevent dropping it. If students hold their breath while taking a photo, there is a better chance that the photo won't be blurry.
Learn about Walter Wick's behind-the-scenes processes.