Lesson Plan

Reading Picture Clues

In this lesson, students will learn how to get information from pictures in texts. They will describe pictures with a partner and see if their descriptions match the words in the text. This lesson can be used alone or as a support lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Master Decoders lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Master Decoders lesson plan.

The lesson plan, Reading Picture Clues is geared towards first grade EL learners and introduces young readers to using pictures as clues to help read a text. Using the sentence starter, "In the picture I see ..." children are able to come up with different ideas on how to interpret a picture. Being able to interpret pictures is a great way to build reading comprehension and improves vocabulary as they learn new words! These are essential skills for children to build to become proficient readers.



Students will be able to describe a picture in a text.


Students will be able to describe illustrations with grade level words using sentence frames for support.


(10 minutes)
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  • Show students the front cover of a picture book, but don't tell them the title of the book.
  • Ask them to turn and talk to a partner about what they see on the cover. Have pairs come up with ideas of what they think the book might be called.
  • Call on pairs to share their ideas and explain why they chose the title they did.