Basic Vocabulary Picture Bingo

How do I do it?
This is a great first week of school activity for your ESL learners.  You can engage them without asking them to speak yet but assess their basic vocabulary comprehension.  If they do not know the answer, they can use peer support to learn the word.  Here's how to set it up.  Use basic vocabulary picture cards, clip art, or simple line sketches of everyday objects (school items, clothes etc.).  Fold a blank 8.5 x 11 inch paper into 4, 6, 8 or 16 squares.  Use removable tape and tape a picture card into each square.  Photocopy this sheet for as many students who will be playing bingo.  Use simple classroom items for markers (e.g. paperclips, small scrap of paper etc.).  Say the word and/or describe it and students will cover it with their marker.  Continue until all squares are covered. 

Start over with another sheet or have students use the words in sentences.  For more of a challenge, start with difficult clues, use the word in a sentence, then say the word.  Pay attention to students who are able to place their marker at which level of difficulty and take notes on a clipboard.  For students with higher proficiency, write the word in the square without a picture. See Content Bingo teaching tip for more advanced ELLs.

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 2
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

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