Activity Types: "I Spy" Stories

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What are I Spy Stories?
I Spy books were originally created by Jean Marzollo as a means for helping students use visual cues for word play and, in the process, strengthen prediction and vocabulary skills. Each page includes a picture with a riddle “hint” as to what the reader should locate in the picture. These “riddles” are created by including four beats to a line and four lines, with the first two lines rhyming and the last two lines rhyming (an aabb poetry pattern.) By using vocabulary or concepts related to their own student needs, teachers can create “I Spy” eBooks for students to use. Check out the Scholastic web site that highlights I Spy Riddle Books and Jean Marzollo.

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Candace Figg, PhD
Brock University
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Jenny Burson, EdD
University of Texas at Austin (retired)
Education Department, Curriculum and Instruction
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