Lesson Plan

Reading Pictures

In this lesson, students will practice "reading" pictures. They will look at the details in pictures in order to make predictions about what happens in a text. This lesson can be used alone or with the Predicting Pictures lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Predicting Pictures lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Predicting Pictures lesson plan.

Using pictures to support reading is one of the key early literacy concepts new readers learn. In this lesson plan, young learners will learn how “reading” pictures for details and clues can help them predict what might happen in a story. Geared toward first grade EL learners, this EL support lesson goes over words such as “picture,” “clue,” “explain,” and “prediction,” and walks children through the process of using pictures and vocabulary to discuss stories and make predictions.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to use details in pictures to make predictions.

Language

Students will be able to describe supporting details in a sentence level context using sentence frames as a support.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
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  • Show students the picture book that you selected, but don't tell them the title. Have students look closely at the picture on the cover of the book.
  • Ask students to share what they think the book might be about. Instruct students to look at the picture and point to/describe the things they see on the cover.
  • After hearing students' ideas, tell them the name of the book. Ask them if the name changes any of their thoughts about what the book is about.