All ELL teachers use Picture Dictionaries, and I’ve been thinking lately about different strategies about how to use them in the classroom.
I recently put out a request on social media for ideas.
Here are some of them (please share more):
This is a simple sequence I’ve sometimes been having peer tutors use with my students:
- Teach ten words and how to say them – point to image, say the word, ask group to repeat it
- Test students verbally – point to image, ask students to say what it is.
- Teach students how to read and write the same ten words – peer tutors point to image, say it, and write it on whiteboard
- Test students – point to image, say it, and ask students to write the words on the whiteboards
- Peer tutors can repeat this sequence with some or all of the words if they think their students need more practice.
- Peer tutors write a simple sentence on a whiteboard with one of the words, and ask their students to write a sentence using the same word. They repeat that for each word.
- Repeat sequence with next ten words.
Page travel! The OPD has words in context (depicted in scenes) so once a word is seen and practiced in one context, learners can scan the pages (or the e-book) for places where the word shows up in a new context.
— Jayme AG (@lthrtdlrng) March 16, 2022
Not exactly pics, more video. Get sts to create their own.https://t.co/z9dA3nyP9y
— Bee Green (@BeeBrurigr) March 16, 2022
I often use the Feelings and Emotions page to help students describe the characters’ feelings in a story. Quizlet flashcards are easy to make and a great resource. https://t.co/EnzhznlSXw
— Aaron Douglas (@aaronkyled) March 16, 2022
Here’s an online interactive Pictionary dictionary.
Teenie Hamester said:
Kids can play “ I spy with my little eye..”
Kids can write a story about the page and include X amount of vocabulary words. Probably need to have a teacher sample of a different page first as a model.
Emily Murray Wicks:
Write sentences about the pictures, add speech bubbles if there are people, do a “where’s Waldo” type game where kids give each other clues and they have to guess the picture each is describing.
Alycia Hamilton Owen:
Scavenger hunt for___ [nouns, verbs, things that make sound, things that we see outside, etc]; also use to study text features of a picture dictionary with an eye toward publishing a class picture dictionary.
The Oxford Picture Dictionary has a good YouTube video channel that ELLs could watch at home to help them practice English.