Each morning, I begin my day with Hello Literacy's Picture of the Day. It is seriously #classroomstaple. It is a necessity for any classroom and kids of all ages can benefit from its daily use.
Each morning, I display an image on my Promethean Board for my students to discuss. At the beginning of the year, we take this process very slowly and do a few mini lessons on various vocabulary.
At the end of the week, I assess our students ability to make observations and infer using the weekly assessments included in the product. I'll be honest, I'm wound a little too tight. I made copies of each weekly assessment over the summer and store them in my filing cabinet.
Each Thursday afternoon (or sometimes Friday morning....depending on when I remember), I can quickly pull them out and I'm ready to assess. After my students unpack each Friday morning, they grab an assessment sheet from my desk.
At the beginning of the year, their scores were quite rough. Partly due to the vocabulary involved, such as observation, inference, and support. They also struggled to put into writing the thoughts and discussions that we typically have in class. Now, I rarely have anyone score below a 90%. :)