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A Use For Pictures

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Just a couple of things I do with my thousands of pictures. First, I save every picture from every magazine, calendar, and paper. I have my student aide cut them out and then I laminate them. I sort them into big manila envelopes into

 1. people

 2. animals

 3.landscape scenes

 4. single objects

 5. situational scenes in which people may be talking or laughing or crying..... (can't think of the others).  Then I use them for EVERYTHING. 

1.  Kids get into groups and are given a stack of pictures into which I have put pictures from each of the above category. I usually put around 15-20 in each stack. When we do nouns.... I will place big signs on the board with "common"  "proper" "abstract" "concrete" "plural"  and any others we are studying.   Their group has to go through their stack and find one to correspond with each topic AND they have to have a justification for each.

2.  When I do prepositions, I give each student a situation picture and have them list as many preps. as they can find in each picture. I give a prize for the most found.

3.  When I do verbs, I will give each row ONE picture. I tell the students in the first seat of each row to take out one piece of paper.  When I say "GO", the first person looks at his picture and comes up with one action verb.  Then very quickly writes it down and  passes it back.  The next person has to write down another action verb and pass it back to the next. It just keeps going. The person in the back runs the picture up to the front person.   I usually start another picture back as soon as the first person passes it to the next.  In about 4-5 minutes, I stop and the row with the most  and the most accurate verb list gets a prize or pig points.

4. When I teach a vocabulary word that is  a little more difficult, I always go to my stack to find one that illustrates it. For example, I found a perfect picture of a clear blue lake with not one ripple to show them "placid".  They never forgot that word…