Pictionaries are a powerful method of teaching new vocabulary. In pictionaries, you can see the word and its meaning at the same time, and thus it is easier to remember it. Moreover, good pictionaries are appealing and they attract learners to explore them. Therefore, it is a good idea to include them in your lessons.
Unfortunately, pictionaries are not great for all learners. We must remember that there are some learners who do not learn much in this way. The pictionaries might attract them but they will not learn as much as we expect. That is why we should vary our teaching and use more methods of teaching. You can find more methods for teaching vocabulary at school here.
In this post, there is a pictionary, a video and a game to teach the vocabulary at school. Please, share the activities if you like them. Thank you.
Living room – picture dictionary
Display or print the following pictionary for your students.
You can find the full-size picture here:
It is a good idea to teach the correct pronunciation of the words first. You can teach the words yourself or you can use the following video.
Living room – practicing the words
Having presented the vocabulary for your students, it is important to give them a chance to practice it. In this section, I would like to share several activities how to do it.
The easiest way is to play the video above again. Switch off the sound and the students say the words. Moreover, in the second part of the video, they can just watch and say the words the hand points to.
Another popular activity with my students is called Spill the beans. Print the worksheet for each pair of students. Students cut the worksheet in the middle and each keeps one half. The one who has the worksheet without the words gets three beans. He/she spills the beans on the picture and says the names of the things the beans land on. He/She gets one point for each correct answer. Students take turns and they play for five minutes. The winner is the student who gets most points.