# Decoding: Look at the Picture

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## Basics on the topicDecoding: Look at the Picture

Sometimes during reading, we come to words we do not know but this is okay, there are lots of ways to work them out. When we use a strategy, or plan, to read out a word, it's called decoding. There are a lot of ways to decode, or work out, words we don't know but let’s have a look at how we can use pictures to help.

Pictures show us what the words say on the page. So, they can also help us make good guesses about words we do not know!

You may need to read a sentence with a difficult, or unknown, word. As an example we will try this sentence: Eat the seeds.

For this reading strategy, first, let's look at the picture and think about what we see. The picture shows a bird feeder with seeds.

Next, we can look at the first letter of the difficult word and think: what sound does S make? it says /s/! What is in the picture that makes the same sound? Seeds are in the picture! The word 'seeds' starts with a /s/ sound too!

Now we can make a good guess about what the unknown word could be. It could be seeds!

Finally, we try out our word in the sentence to see if it makes sense! Eat the seeds. It makes sense so seeds is most likely the difficult word.

## Summary of steps: Using pictures for reading

• First, look at the picture and think about what you see.

• Next, look at the first letter of the word and think: what sound does it make? Is there anything in the picture that starts with the same sound?

• Then, guess a word that would make sense.

• Finally, try out your word in the sentence to see if it works!

## Reading skill and strategy practice

Have you practised yet? On this website, you can also find picture reading strategy worksheets and exercises.

### TranscriptDecoding: Look at the Picture

After a long hike, Dee and Kala decided to stop for a bite to eat! They were excited to order, but when they opened their menus, there were a lot of difficult words! Let's help Dee and Kala by teaching them about “Decoding: Look at the Picture!” Sometimes during reading, we come to words we do not know. This is okay! There are lots of ways to work them out. When we use a strategy, or plan, to read out a word, it's called DECODING. There are a lot of ways to decode, or work out, words we don't know, but today we will use PICTURES to help. Pictures SHOW us what the words say on the page. They can also help us make good guesses about words we do not know! Let's try it! Here it says: eat the...hmm that last word is difficult. First, let's look at the picture and think about what we see.

## Decoding: Look at the Picture exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learnt? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Decoding: Look at the Picture.
• ### What can we look at to help us work out difficult words when reading?

Hints

Sometimes during reading we come to words we do not know. We should always try to figure out the words.

Decoding helps us to read new words. We can decode using pictures.

Solution

Looking at the picture in a book can help us to figure out words we don't know.

• ### What can you see in the picture?

Hints

Look at the words. What is the first sound in each word? Can you find something in the picture that starts with that sound?

For example, if we were looking at the word flour, we can see that it starts with a f sound. Is there anything in the picture that starts with f? There is a bag of flour!

Solution

The correct answers are egg, pan and spoon. We can see them circled above.

egg

• Egg starts with e. Look for something in the picture beginning with e. There is an egg.
• The picture is of Dee and Kala baking so the word, egg, makes sense so we can select it.
pan
• Pan starts with p. Look for something in the picture beginning with p. There is a pan.
• The picture is of Dee and Kala in the kitchen so the word, pan, makes sense so we can select it.
spoon
• Spoon starts with s. Look for something in the picture beginning with s. There is a spoon.
• The picture is of Dee and Kala baking so the word, spoon, makes sense so we can select it.

There is no grass in this picture.

• ### Which picture matches the word?

Hints

The word starts with a p. Which pictures show something starting with p?

This is a plate.

Solution

This is a plant.

Hints

Look at the blue letter in each sentence. Can you see a picture that is showing something that starts with this sound?

For example, if we had the sentence, "Dee likes the park", we could look for a picture that shows something starting with a p. This picture shows a park which starts with a p.

Solution

• ### What are Dee and Kala reading?

Hints

Look at the picture. What are Dee and Kala reading?

Look at each word. What sound is at the beginning of each word? Does this sound match the picture?

Sound the word out. What does it start with? What other sounds can you hear in the word?

Solution

Dee and Kala are reading a book.

• ### Can you find the matching sentences?

Hints

First, look at the picture.
What do you see?

What is being eaten in each picture? What does that word start with? Look for that sound at the beginning of the words in bold.

Solution