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Things Organized Neatly

by Joan Sedita | 1 | 0 Comments

Main idea skills, including categorizing, feature prominently in most of the Keys to Literacy professional development programs. It is a foundational skill that is essential for comprehension and writing.

It is often the case that a visual (picture, chart, etc.) is the best way to teach a skill or concept to students. I have found a fun and whimsical website as a source for pictures that can help students learn the concept of categorizing and main ideas: Things Organized Neatly.

The website is curated by Austin Radcliffe who has been posting images since 2010 submitted by people from all over the world. The pictures are stylized images of everyday objects stacked, laid and arranged in neat, visually pleasing ways. Things Organized Neatly has hundreds of visual representations. The site has been featured multiple times in the news media, including a recent piece in CNN STYLE.

Some of the visual samples at Things Organized Neatly are excellent examples of how everyday objects can be categorized in different ways, such as the examples below that we show teachers. Some of the visuals are more interesting for their artistic quality. Either way, I think you will enjoy browsing through these intriguing and often beautiful pictures.  And a visit to this site might just inspire you to get the things in your life organized!Organization-Photo-1-resized
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Joan Sedita

Joan Sedita is the founder of Keys to Literacy and author of the Keys to Literacy professional development programs. She is an experienced educator, nationally recognized speaker and teacher trainer. She has worked for over 35 years in the literacy education field and has presented to thousands of teachers and related professionals at schools, colleges, clinics, and professional conferences.

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