Individual Picture Files

In primary and intermediate classrooms each student needs his own picture file. "Free" pictures are lurking everywhere: old calendars, greeting cards, travel brochures, magazines, junk mail, newspaper ads, flyers, wrapping paper, banners, entertainment brochures, etc. Make sure you screen all the pictures yourself to make sure they're appropriate. I like to use photos, drawings, and pictures that depict people of all colors, sizes, shapes, ethnicities, cultures, and age groups. These picture files provide great resources for ideas and discussions, word games, critical thinking, explanations, sequencing, and especially VERBAL SKILLS and WRITING. When your students tire of their own pictures, have a picture "garage sale" and let them swap out with other kids. They can always opt to keep special pictures they don't want to part with.

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