These two examples show a couple of ways we use picture dictionaries with our students. These dictionaries pair the written word with its picture and offer visual support while students are learning to read or spell these words. Both examples also illustrate our emphasis on teaching skills based on a monthly theme in early learning classrooms.
In this lotto game, the objective is to take turns selecting cards from the container. Each student reads the card and then matches it to the lotto board. If the students do not remember the word or want to check if they are correct, they refer to the “dictionary” that pairs the words with their pictures. As students have more practice with the words, the picture dictionary is no longer available when they play the game.
The theme is about beaches. We integrate vocabulary words originating from the monthly theme throughout activities. We start with book(s) about the theme and then incorporate the words and associated concepts across curriculum areas (science, math, social studies, art, games, music). This strategy gives our students many opportunities for practice with the words and related concepts. This expands their reading and speaking vocabularies as well as their understanding of the world.
In our literacy book set, Tasks Galore Literature-Based Thematic Units, we illustrate how to take a theme about foods and making choices and design activities across the curriculum that represents this theme. The two-book set includes a storybook with vocabulary focused on food words and choice-making and a teacher resource book with activities associated with this food theme.
Below is another example of using a picture dictionary and is one of the 100’s of literacy activities featured in the resource book.
In this scenario, a picture dictionary provides an intermediary step as our students learn to spell vocabulary words from the book text. We eliminate this visual support once students become proficient with the vocabulary words.
Over our years of teaching, we have seen students’ progress when we utilize such an integrated approach, we highly recommend theme-based or units of study for learning.
We are currently running a special on our literacy book set Tasks Galore Literature-Based Thematic Units so that teachers can see more examples of how this strategy can be used. This special pricing is available only on our partnering distributor Amazon.
During the month of August, we will incorporate a “Back to School” special on our books, again on Amazon only! Be on the lookout!!
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