Getting Through the End of the Year

Introducing the weird and unusual in photos is a method that grabs kids’ attention and makes it easier to get through to the end of the school year.
Getting through to the end of the school year using odd photos! Looks Like Language

Want to prove it? Try leaving some of these photos on your desk, or leave them up on your computer (if you can access them at school) when you go to get your next group. Watch how quickly one of your students will notice them and start commenting!


Check out some of these links to see if you have the right students/age groups to make use of this idea. I love finding these sites!  One word of warning, though- some of these sites have a mix of both school appropriate and inappropriate images! Check all images out ahead of time to see if they are good for your caseload. You can also take screenshots of the ones you like to avoid the pictures you don’t want your students to see. 

Animals
Of all the types of weird photos that I’ve tried, my students seem drawn to animal photos the most. With all of the photoshopped animals out there, it is easy to find weird mixes. Questions to answer include:
What kind of animals made up this weird one?
What can this animal do? Why would it be good to combine these skills?
How is it the same/different from each original animal?

A duck bunny from




Houses
There are some very unusual houses in this world and lots of photos on the internet. They easily prompt a discussion with questions including:
Would you like to live here? Why or why not?
What would be a good thing about living in this house? A problem?
How is this the same as where you live? Different?




Go random!
Try one of these.






Or how about this one from http://europeanchicdesign.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html? (Scroll down a ways to get to it.)






After your students have the language skills to discuss the photos, you can follow up with another activity- describing! Lay your chosen pictures on your table and let your students take turns describing a picture without labeling anything! If they are able to get you or another student to guess the correct picture, they get to keep that picture. If they goof and label something in the picture, their turn ends. This can be harder than it seems for language impaired students to do! See who has the most pictures when time is up. 

Do you have artic kids? They have to follow the same language goals, but also produce their sound correctly while playing.  Fluency? Have them practice the strategies used this year while describing!


I hope your students have a blast with this activity! Be sure to share the links if you have a favorite interesting, weird, bizarre photo site or another fun way to use the pictures!
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