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Want to use pictures to improve critical thinking and reading comprehension?

Picture of the Day

location_on North Carolina, United States
A simple and effective way for students to practice important reading skills, such as observing, describing and making inferences, through analysing pictures rather than text.
Jennifer Jones, Creator, Picture of the Day
I use Picture of the Day with my reading groups and students love it! They become such close observers and make inferences based on details and evidence in the pictures.

Jennifer Jones, Creator, Picture of the Day


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HundrED 2018

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Updated on October 19th, 2020
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What is Picture of the Day?

Reading comprehension requires a range of abilities, such as observing, describing and inferring. These skills can be difficult to develop in students, particularly those who are still learning to read. When practising reading, the effort is often predominantly placed on decoding words and identifying the superficial meaning of the sentences, rather than on developing a deeper understanding of the text. As a result, students can struggle to answer questions about the text that require higher-level thinking skills.

Picture of the Day is a simple idea that can improve reading comprehension by transferring the critical analysis from reading a text to exploring a picture. Without having to focus on decoding words, energy can be directed at developing inference and critical thinking skills.

Students look closely at a picture and answer two questions: what can I see and what do I think? The first question focuses on facts and observations, while in the second students make inferences. By using a picture rather than a piece of writing, all students have an equal opportunity to share their ideas without being restricted by their reading level. Through questioning and discussion, students are encouraged to develop their ideas and are supported to become critical thinkers. 

For children whose home language differs from the language of the classroom, Picture of the Day can be an especially powerful tool, as it can support learning of new vocabulary. 

Picture of the Day can fit easily into a daily classroom routine. Once learners are familiar with the format, the exercise can be completed independently. Students are then able to apply the critical thinking skills they have developed through close observation of pictures to their reading. Teachers have observed that reading comprehension skills have improved after introducing Picture of the Day into their lessons.

HundrED Review

Picture of the Day is a simple way to practice high-level critical thinking every day. Children enjoy analysing the pictures and don’t even realise it’s critical thinking in disguise!


The Picture of the Day resource kit has received over 4,500 positive reviews from teachers all over the world.


Picture of the Day transcends age, grade level and country. It removes the layers and makes children feel equal. The tool can be used everywhere by everyone!


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May 2019
September 2017
HundrED 2018
September 2017
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