The expression on this young man’s face is priceless. To me, it says, “This is a lot to take in on the very first day of school.” But how do students describe the look on this student’s face? Or the expressions on other students’ faces? Five Steps for Using Student Photos:
It is important to keep using the words or this activity will be no more effective than a word wall that is never referenced. As students expand their vocabulary words describing classmates, ask that they begin identifying some or a few of these words while reading or using them in their own discussions. Own them.
This activity is not about making long lists of vocabulary words. This is about matching words to expressions in photos, describing what students see and making new vocabulary words part of the everyday language in the classroom. As students develop characters in their writing or compare and contrast characters in their literature, they will have access to a robust repertoire of vocabulary words.