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Wordless Wednesday: Bill Thomson

I'm linking up for Wordless Wednesday again.  I'm sharing a few pictures today, but you'll see why in a minute.....
Have you heard of Bill Thomson before?  I love his books and illustrations!  His books are special because they don't have words.  They are perfect for teaching inferences!
In the past, I've used his book "Chalk".  Three children find a bag of chalk in the park.  They use it to draw some sidewalk art, which comes to life.  Seriously, the illustrations are amazing and it makes it so easy for children to imagine the words.  The pictures are so great words really aren't needed!

I was at the public library last week and they had this book on display.  Bill has made another book "Fossil"!  Again, it has no words.  When a boy and his dog go for a hike, the boy trips on a fossil, and it comes to life, revealing an ancient plant.  It's officially added to my list of books to buy.

Question: What books do you use to teach inferences?


  1. I have added Chalk and Fossils to my book wish list! I love using The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg. The clues in the text and pictures lead the reader to believe the stranger is Jack Frost. Thank you for the new books!

    Lessons in the Sand

    1. I was so excited when I replied that I was combining Angela's post with your comment. If you send me your email, I'd be happy to send you the worksheet I made for The Stranger. It is designed specifically for 4th grade CCSS. Not sure if that's your level though.

    2. I love using The Stranger also! Mary's worksheet looks great and can't wait to try it out sometime this year. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  2. So excited you shared this! I love Chalk. It is my favorite wordless picture book. I'll be sure to check out Fossils next. Chris Van Allsburg books are also my favorite. Last year I made a sheet for each of his 15 picture books to use at the end of the year. The Stranger is the hardest by far, and hard to even explain to some of my fourth graders. If you get me your email, I'd be happy to send you the worksheet I made for The Stranger.

    4th Works

    1. Thanks again for your sheet Mary! Looks awesome!