Analyze and Interpret
Photos, pictures, and symbols
Analyzing and interpreting visuals (photos, pictures, symbols) are one way of practicing this kind of thinking. It allows the students to look at individual parts, make connections, and then explain the whole picture using those parts.
A fun and simple activity to practice analysis and interpretation are "droodles". According to the original creator, Roger Price, droodles are "dopey little drawings that don't look like much of anything until you know the correct title." (Classic Droodles by Roger Price. © Copyright Tallfellow Press.)
Think of the drawings as riddles. Look at all of the parts to interpret the "real image".