Clines, also known as spectrums, are a good way to teach English Language Learners various vocabulary “gradations.”
We’re starting a unit on “Descriptions” this week in my ELL Beginner’s class, and here’s slideshow I put together in a few minutes to teach “boiling, hot, cool, cold, freezing” using both climate and food/beverages. The “answer key” is on the last slide.
After I do some quick initial teaching of the words, I place them on sticky notes around the world. I show an image, and then students go to the area they think it represents. Later, student write the words using a diagonal line (see lots of examples here).
Students will use these sentence frames tomorrow, share with partners and then share with the class. It’s a fun way to review and practice writing, speaking and listening. The sentence frames obviously be modified in many different ways:
Are there any other ways you use Spot The Difference images?
The New York Times Learning Network has announced this year’s winners of their annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest. You can see them all here.
Here’s one example:
I’ve often used Instagram videos with English Language Learner students to create similar videos. In fact, The Learning Network used videos from my class as examples to introduce the first year of its contest.