By Sunday Cummins

Do your students love a good infographic? Kids in the middle grades are frequently drawn to infographics because of their visual appeal and because information is presented in small bites. An infographic may be just one graphic, like a diagram, chart, or map, or it may be a compilation of graphics like the NASA infographic below.

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While infographics can be engaging, our students do not always access the content in a way that leads to deeper understanding. What follows are four suggestions for helping students create pathways for learning from this type of source.

1. Examine key features to make predictions.

Before students jump into “reading” the information in an infographic, encourage them to notice a few of the key features as a way to make predictions about what they will be…



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