P.W.I.M.

P.W.I.M. (Picture, Word, Inductive, Model)  is designed to teach reading, writing, and language structures. It supports students development as independent readers and learners. 

 

Polar Bear on Ice

Process steps:

  • The class participated in two different P.W.I.M. sessions. 

  • The first session utilized a picture of a "polar bear" (see below). 

  • The picture was "popcorned".  During "popcorning", the students share their ideas on what the picture contains. 

  • Comments that involve inferences are recorded with a question mark.  Comments that involve emotions are grouped together.  Factual comments are grouped together.

  • The class was asked, "What motions are involved with this picture?".  Comments recorded (see below).

 

The four forces of flight terminology were incorporated in the following way:

Force Discussed Sample Student Comments
Thrust

The polar bear ran across the ice and slid.

Drag

The polar bear was slowing down due to friction.

Note:  This concept required additional prompting with a visual display of one teacher pulling another as the first teacher resisted.

Gravity

The polar bear's weight caused it to stay on the ice.

Note:  This conversation brought up the concept of how gravity is affected by a planet's mass.

Lift

The polar bear stood up.

 

Another picture that could be used in a P.W.I.M. project related to the four forces of flight.

Mouse meets Elephant

 

 

P.W.I.M. Project steps

 

 

 

Web Links

 

Web Links

 

 

Additional Information

http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/strats/pwim/index.html

http://pdonline.ascd.org/pd_online/strugglingreaders/1999calhoun_ch2.html

 

P.W.I.M. pictures

http://www.sd52.bc.ca/laxkxeen/pwim/pwim.html

 

S.W.B.S.

http://www.education-world.com/a_tsl/archives/03-1/lesson015.shtml

http://www.read180.00freehost.com/docs/org1.pdf