9. Picture This!

Vocabulary Picture Cards

Low-level books (A-D) that are focused on themes your class is already studying, may work well for this activity because the pictures tend to be easy to identify.

With younger students learning about modes of transportation, you might select topic-related words less likely to be in students’ spoken vocabulary, such as trolley or snowmobile. With older students studying a similar topic, you might also look for opportunities to teach morphology using words students can read, such as unicycle, bicycle, and tricycle, which include the meaningful word parts uni- bi- and tri- and cycle.

Depending on your students’ language skills, you might provide sentence frames to have them describe the targeted vocabulary words or have them use the picture and their knowledge of the object to co-construct a definition. For example, “A bicycle has two wheels and you peddle to make the bike move.”

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