The power of seeing pictures while reading can bridge the gap between being unable to read a new word and reading successfully, especially for our beginning readers and our English Language Learners.
In this video, Janet works with a group of students who are beginning to break the reading code. The purpose of this lesson is to teach students how to use the pictures to figure out an unknown word. Watch as Janet also lays the groundwork for the strategy of Cross-Checking. Once students get accustomed to using the pictures to help figure out words, the next step is to move them into using pictures to help support Cross-Checking: Does what I just read make sense? Does it match the picture? Do the picture and the word I said match the letters in the text?