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    What is Junior Doodle?

    Junior Doodle is based on the work of many creative writers and illustrators whose work is published on the Creative Juices blog. Basically, we (and they) use a random word generator to come up with a word.  Sometimes I might choose a word related to something we are going to study. I also found some interesting words using Enchanted Learning's vocabulary lists. Then, the children have a week or more to think, plan, and come up with a creative way to represent the word. This is a great way to get the children to think about the many meanings of words, to learn new vocabulary, to really consider telling story through their drawings or other means, and to have fun with their creativity.

    Check out their amazing work!

    Word #1 - Storm
    Word #2 - Conductor
    Word #3 - Indefatigable
    Word #4 - Button
    Word #5 - Egg
    Word #6 - Incognito
    Word #7 - President
    Word #8 - Race
    Word #9 - Tunnel
    Word #10 - Antennae
    Word #11 - Mother (Special Edition for Mother's Day)
    Word #12 - Escalator
    Word #13 - Instrument
    Word #14 - Balance

    Tips for Using Junior Doodle in the classroom...

    Be sure to check with the "experts" on the Creative Juices blog. It's a great way to learn some vocabulary, build critical thinking skills, generate discussion, and connect by leaving comments on the blog.

    Depending on the grade level, this is a great way to have fun with a dictionary. Choose your word (however you want to choose, with a random word generate or by selecting a word that you want the children to explore). Show them how to brainstorm by finding more than one meaning for the word before they begin to think about their creation.

    Use Junior Doodle to develop story. Help them by asking questions. Who is going to be in your story? What's the setting? Can you include a problem in your drawing too? How about action and emotion?

    Help them to slow down....take a whole week or more to think, plan the draft, and complete their work. Don't accept a hurried mess.

    Does a Junior Doodle HAVE to be a drawing? Of course not!! See what your students create when given a chance to be creative! Have cameras and video cameras available if possible.

    Have your creative geniuses share their work on a web site, with a buddy class, or with their families.

    Looking for other resources for visual learning?

    Try these sites...

    Visuworlds - online graphical dictionary
    Visual Dictionary Online
    Picturing to Learn - college-level students learn science by drawing
    Google Art Project - integrate art into other curricular areas by having art from around the world right in your classroom.  Tour a museum or zoom right into the eye of Marie Antoinette!

    Recommended Books Related to Visual Learning

    Bull, G., and Bell, L.  (2005). Teaching with digital images: acquire, analyze, create, communicate. Eugene, OR:  ISTE.

    Burmark, L.  (2002). Visual literacy:  Learn to see, see to learn. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 

    (Also see Burmark Presentation)