Grade: all
Subject: Language

#1547. Fun with Pictures #1

Language, level: all
Posted Tue Feb 1 21:19:34 PST 2000 by Thad Schmenk (
Matsuyama Board of Education, Japan
Materials Required: lots of pictures
Activity Time: 10 minutes
Concepts Taught: listening comprehension

Fun with Pictures #1 (Warm-up. About 10 minutes)

1. Students will identify the picture that is being verbally described. (listening comprehension).
2. Students will guess the meaning of new word(s) by choosing a picture that they believe represent(s) the meaning of the new word(s).
(practicing the ability to guess the meaning of words by using context clues.)

1. First create a number of picture cards by taking pictures cut out of magazines and pasting them onto construction paper or some other type of backing. (Personally, I have a huge collection of picture cut out from magazines. They always come in very handy and can be used in so many different ways. Besides, it is a very cheap resource.). You can find pictures that depict all sorts of new vocabulary whether it is nouns, verbs, or adjectives. You can practice them all.
2. Next, place ten or so selected pictures on the black board so that all students can easily see them. (Make sure you have enough magnets. If you have a large class, you will also need to use full-page pictures so that all students can see them clearly.)
3. Now, hand out a scratch piece of recycled paper or used paper to each of the students. A quarter sheet will do.
4. Have the students quickly number the paper from one to ten.
5. Now, above or below each picture, write a letter or a number. Obviously, make sure each picture has a different number or letter..
6. Next, ask the students to listen to what you are saying and identify the picture you are describing. Have them write the corresponding letter or number on their answer sheet (the small quarter sheet you had them number in step 4.). For beginner students, just use short phrases or new vocabulary words to describe the pictures. For advanced students, use longer and more detailed sentences to describe the pictures.
7. When you are finished describing all of the pictures, quickly go over the answers with them and practice any new vocabulary words you may have introduced.