Thursday, May 9, 2013

How to Use Pictures to Understand What You Read

Teach students to use accompanying pictures to understand what they read! Students practice the tips on a short article. Find the downloadable worksheet at the end of the article.

How to Use Pictures to Understand What You Read

Do you read something in English and you do not understand it? This happens to everyone. This even happens to English speakers.  It can happen in Math, Science, History or English. 

If you do not understand what you read, use the pictures to help you.  

Here is how:

1. Quickly read the first few sentences. Look for words that match the picture
2. Use the captions.  Captions are words that describe the pictures.  If you understand the caption, you will understand the picture and many of the words.  

Read the caption in this picture. What does it say?

Little  girl enjoying a very big wedge of watermelon
There is nothing better than cool, sweet watermelon on a hot day!
3. Ask questions about the reading. Ask questions like these: 
What is happening in the picture?  
Why is the girl eating watermelon? 
How does the girl feel?  Is she happy?  Is she sad? Why? 
4. Try to answer your questions. This will help you understand what you read.

5. Look for the message
 in the picture.  What does the picture tell you? If you know what the picture is saying, you will often know what the words are saying.  

Practice these 5 tips and you will understand more of what you read! Practice now, using the article below.

Summer Fun Without Burns!

Summer is a great time to do fun things with your children. Enjoy this summer with your kids, but don’t forget the sunscreen!  This goes for all parents, teachers and doctors!
Little boy on the beach applying sunscreen
Children must be taught to use sunscreen when playing out in the sun!

Many parents know that they must protect their babies from the sun.  Unfortunately, these same parents forget that older children need that same protection. Once children are able to move around and want to spend long hours in the sun, they must wear sunscreen and reapply it often. 
Teaching kids to use sunscreen at an early age is extremely important.  It is even more critical for children with fair skin and fair hair.  
Children who use sunscreen when they are young are more likely to use it when they are older, thus getting lifelong protection from the sun’s harmful rays. So teach your kids early to use sunscreen now!  You’ll help them stay burn-free for life!

Thank you for visiting!
Faiza Raintree

Click below to download the worksheet for this article.

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