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      Picture ID Lesson Plan

      Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. By Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. | 5/30/15 10:05 AM | Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans | 0 Comments

      Lesson Overview:

      Students will learn picture identification based on word association. Skills practiced include receptive language and photo discrimination.

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      The student will learn the names of objects by looking at pictures of the objects on a card and simultaneously listening to the spoken label of the same object.

      Skills Practiced:

      • Receptive language
      • Picture identification
      • Photo discrimination

      Materials Needed:


      • This lesson is designed for 1:1 instruction with a teacher or therapist.

      Set Up:

      Decide which cards you would like to work on with your students. The Language Builder Cards can be separated by the following categories, making it easy to work on related vocabulary words in this lesson:

      • Basic Stage Set
      • Foods
      • Animals
      • Vehicles
      • Clothing
      • Furniture
      • Toys
      • Everyday Objects
      • Colors
      • Shapesman-and-boy-using-language-builder-cards

      In this example, the teacher chose to use cards from the Everyday Objects category, but you can use any card(s) #1 – 301. Please note that for this activity (and all labeling activities using the Language Builder Cards), you should label the card by the word your student is most likely to hear and use in everyday speech. For example, say “sofa” rather than “couch,” or “TV” rather than “television.”

      Sit across from student so they can see image and you can see label.


      1. Hold a card up so the image is facing the student.

      2. As the student looks at the card, say the name of the object they are looking at.

      3. Repeat with all cards of the chosen category.

      4. Shuffle and repeat.



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      Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. Jenna Wharff is a special education teacher at HOPEhouse at Cotting School, a transitional boarding school for students age 17-22 with special needs, in Lexington, MA. She specializes in helping her students prepare for life after high school by teaching independent living, vocational, and social skills as well as practical academics and providing opportunities for her students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to their everyday lives. She aims to help students and their families make the transition from special education to adult services as smooth as possible, while providing her students with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead productive and meaningful lives after leaving HOPEhouse. Jenna received her Master's degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2007.

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