EL Support Lesson

Predicting Pictures

Reading isn't just about reading words, it can be about reading pictures, too! Help your EL students search for clues with this lesson plan all about decoding pictures.This EL support lesson can be used with the lesson plan **Picture Clues**.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Picture Clues lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Picture Clues lesson plan.

Students will be able to use picture clues to determine words in texts.


Students will be able to predict words in a text using sentence frames and visual supports.

(2 minutes)
  • Gather the class together for a read aloud.
  • Display the cover of the read-aloud text and ask students what they think the book might be about. Invite students to turn and talk to share their ideas with a partner.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that students just made a prediction based on the picture on the cover.
  • Tell students that pictures can help us learn about a story, both to guess what might happen next and also help us decode confusing or challenging words.
  • Display the vocabulary cards and provide student-friendly definitions for the target vocabulary.
  • Read aloud first few pages of text, pausing to model a think-aloud of how to use picture clues to predict what will happen next in the story (e.g., "I see the hen holding grain, I wonder if she is going to make something.").
(15 minutes)
  • Continue reading the text. Pause in the middle of the text and have students turn and talk, using the picture clues to make a prediction of what will happen next in the story. Provide students with the sentence frame: I see a . I predict will happen next.
  • If time allows, can have students draw their predictions on an index card.
  • Finish reading the text.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask each pair to share out if their predictions were correct. Provide sentence frames for them to use: My prediction was correct/not correct because...


  • Gather a smaller group of students together and have them practice making predictions and identifying confusing words using leveled readers.


  • Provide additional practice by handing out leveled reader's and having students share their predictions with a peer.
(5 minutes)
  • As students are working in their pairs, listen to their use of the vocabulary words and ability to make predictions based on the story.
  • Take note of any students who are struggling to connect the pictures with the story and/or confused about predictions. Pull these students aside for follow- up.
(3 minutes)
  • Gather the class back together and review the importance of pictures in a text. Remind students that they can use the pictures to help them decode or read unknown of confusing words, and make predictions of what might happen next.

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