Strategy

Picture Choices

Picture Selection, Picture Sequencing, Picture Communication

UDL 2.5 UDL 4.1

A type of communication that allows students to respond using a picture, symbol, or illustration. Picture choices can be used for multiple choice where the student answers a question or prompt by selecting or sequencing the correct picture(s) (optionally including a word or caption) from a fixed set of other pictures. It can also be used to support verbal communication for students by allowing them to express themselves by pointing, raising, or giving a picture to another student or adult in place of communicating verbally.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Picture Icons

Visual Schedule Icons

A sheet of icons for that can be affixed to schedules to provide visual support.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 · Behavior & SEL · 1 pages


Flash Cards

Illustrated Word Cards: Preferred Items

A set of highly-preferred item words cards illustrated with icons. Use these as a reference when teaching students new vocabulary words, as labels for AAC devices, or as word icons for students using a picture communication system. Included are PDFs and a Word Document version with a customizable, blank template.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · English Language Arts, Reading, Speaking, Behavior & SEL · 2 pages


Online Resources

Picture Choices: Online Resources

A reference sheet with websites that contain free, educational images that can be used as picture choices for various classroom activities.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · English Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Speaking · 1 pages


Picture Icons

Picture Choices: Classroom Activities

A collection of full-color icons to represent various classroom activities. Laminate and use individually for visual schedules, first-then charts, or as labels. Blank template is also included.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Behavior & SEL · 2 pages


Templates

Illustrated Multiple Choice Cards: Two Choices

This resource includes a template for matching key details or multiple choice questions. A completed example has been included. Download the Word Document to customize the questions and images to correspond with your specific lesson or activity.

Grade 3, 4, 5 · English Language Arts, Reading · 3 pages


Templates

Multiple Choice Picture Choice Templates

This resource includes templates for multiple choice activities with picture choices. Download the Word documents and customize them with images that correspond to your specific lesson or activity.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3 · English Language Arts, Reading · 2 pages


Templates

Sequencing Picture Choice Templates

This resource includes templates for sequencing activities with picture choices. Download the Word documents and customize them with images that correspond to your specific lesson or activity.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4 · English Language Arts, Reading, Writing · 2 pages


Visual Aid

Icons: Visual Task Schedules

A collection of icons to use when creating visual task schedules. Variations include both academic and behavioral icons. Laminate and use individually or with blank visual task schedules.

Grade K, 1, 2 · · 2 pages


Implementation Tips

Image Selection
It is best to use images from the original source material (e.g. video, book) when asking the student to sequence events or recognize people/characters.
Magazine Images
Old magazines are cheap sources of colorful images that can be cut out.
Online Image Source
Image search engines (e.g. Google Images) are also convenient ways to find images for educational purposes.

Examples

Video Comprehension Assessment
After watching a short video and asked a comprehension question (e.g. "Which astronaut was the first person to step on the moon"), the student can point to the correct picture of the person from a choice of three.
Historical Text Evidence Assessment
After reading a historical text about an event or person (e.g. The Underground Railroad), the student can sort which pictures are relevant or irrelevant from the topic.
Fictional Narrative Sequencing Assessment
After reading a fictional narrative, the student can sequence pictures that illustrate key plot points in the order they appear in the narrative.

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