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Changes in life

Overview of the set

This set of images illustrates some of the changes that may occur in a young person’s life. Students are asked to use clues in the images to draw conclusions regarding life changes, make comparisons to similar changes in their own lives, and consider the effects of changes.

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1. Birthday party

2. Broken arm

3. Broken leg

4. Expectant mother

5. First day of school

6. Getting married

7. Graduation dinner

8. Graduation

9. Gravesite visit

10. Hospital visit

11. Hurricane aftermath

12. Moving house

13. New baby

14. New baby at the hospital

15. New kitten

16. New puppy

17. Putting out a fire

18. Riding a bike

19. Unpacking boxes

20. Wedding ceremony

21. Wheelchair

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Student tasks

Suggestions for possible critical tasks:

  • Use the 5 Ws to draw conclusions based on clues in the images.
  • Choose the image that shows a change that is most similar to a change or event in your life.
    • Draw a web or picture to show some of the things that happened to you and your family because of that change.
  • Choose the image that shows the biggest change for a child or family.

Teacher notes

The following notes include applicable support materials for teachers and students and background information specifically selected for this topic and set of images.

  • Support materials for use with this Picture Set:
    • Student handouts
      • Overview of the picture set 
      • 5 W chart
  • Grade level range: Primary
    • This Picture Set is targeted for use at the grade level range(s) specified above. The tasks and support materials may be adapted for use at other grade level ranges

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Student tasks

The following suggestions for critical thinking tasks invite reasoned judgments by students. The tasks may be revised or adapted to meet diverse learning needs and/or address specific curriculum content, attitudes and skills:

  • Use the 5 Ws to draw conclusions based on clues in the images.
  • Choose the image that shows a change that is most similar to a change or event in your life.
    • Draw a web or picture to show some of the things that happened to you and your family because of that change.
  • Choose the image that shows the biggest change for a child or family.

Background information for teachers

The following notes on topics addressed in the picture sets are intended to enhance teachers’ understanding of the images and ability to guide students in interpreting them:

Students may require support with developing understandings of cause and effect as they consider consequences and/or subsequent changes that occur as a result of a change event. Arrows can be used to create a diagram or web of effects. Examining effects will help with determining the relative significance of a change event.