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10. Module 2 continued.

1) Using the 5 senses to ‘step inside’ a picture, painting or photograph 

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In Module 1 I explained Visible Thinking in relation to object-based learning. Thinking routines such as ‘I see, I notice, I wonder’ also work really well with images. But another simple yet effective way to get your students to engage with an image is to ask them to ‘step inside’ a picture, painting or photograph and use their five senses to imagine what they can see, hear, smell, taste and touch or feel.


Imagine that you have just stepped inside the picture below and answer the following questions: 

  1. What can you see? 
  1. What can you hear? 
  1. What can you smell? 
  1. What can you taste? 
  1. What can you touch or feel? 

You may want to print out the ‘Step inside a picture’ sheet and use it to record your ideas. 

Clarke 338, Newcastle University Special Collections

You could get students to do this individually or discuss in pairs and then get them to feed back their ideas to the rest of the class. 

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How did you find this exercise? Can you see yourself using it with your students?