Photo Cards Are Worth A Thousand Words

Photo Cards









Tip: A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words

How do I do it?
Utilize photo cards to get students talking!  Choose photo cards that relate to concepts and key vocabulary you are studying.  Have students work in pairs or in small groups with 5-20 cards per pair or group depending on their age and language levels.  Explain that the students will be creating a story together.  Have them take turns orally creating a sentence about a card they choose at random.  The next student either adds a sentence about the card or chooses another card to add to the story.  The story can be related to a topic of study or content - just choose photos that lend themselves to that topic or content.  A scribe or each individual student can write down their sentence to record the story. 

Variations & Extensions
You can also require that certain words or concepts be a part of each sentence or the story as a whole.  For example, for a study of ancient Greece students could be required to use the words: democracy, myths, gods etc. Create your own photo cards by cutting out pictures from magazines, ads, or clip art and glue them to card stock and laminate for durability and repeated use or buy a set of 156 versatile cards.

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 1
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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