Recently, whilst catching up with the recent lesson ideas from my Personal Learning Network (PLN), I came across a link for Five Card Flickr. Flickr is photo sharing website that allows users to share their photos with the world. As I’m nosey and love looking at other people’s pictures I was intrigued by the name of this new teaching tool and it’s possible links with Flickr. I decided to see what was lying behind the web address and clicked on the link.I’m really glad that I did as the link took me to an extremely useful and creative teaching resource suitable for language lessons.
Five Card Flicker is a photo story generator that presents the user with five random pictures every time the Five Card Flickr button is pressed.
The resource could be used as a starting point for:
- Creating stories
Mr Grizzly loved to spend his free time sailing on the ocean waves. However, one day whilst sitting on a bench in a beautiful, little park he read a sign warning people about pollution in the local river. Mr Grizzly cared an awful lot about the local environment so he immediately returned to his boat, took out his laptop, and started an internet campaign searching for volunteers to help him clean up the river.
- As a starting point for a discussion
Do young people spend too much time on their computers rather than playing outdoors?
Do people spend more time socialising outside of the house or via the internet?
When was the last time that you went to the seaside?
How do you spend your spare time?
What are the differences/similarities to how people communicate via the telephone compared to the internet?
- Vocabulary Generators
How many words can you think of to do with hobbies?
There is also a gallery feature which contains thousand of Five Card Flickr stories that have already been written like Mr Bear in the Museum.
Mr. Bear was boring and little sad. He was walking in little path in the woods. He said, “I want to go to the museum”.
When he was walking saw somenthing and said, “It looks like a ladybug, but i don’t what it is. Maybe is a dirty leaf”. He walk to the thing and saw that is a leaf.
He walk into de museum.he looks statues and said, “this is the most beautiful in the museum.It looks like a deer or somethig like that.”
Mr. Bear visited the garden in the museum.He saw a beautiful and coloring flowers.Mr. Bear saw a most pretty flower in the garden and said, “It is my favorite color white”.
He went to his house and looked de museum outside. He was thinking about his visited to the museum. He was very happy.
Lesson ideas for using the ready-made stories include:
- Show your students the photographs first and encourage them to write their own story. Once this is complete show them the original story to your students and encourage them to discuss the similarities and differences.
- Use the story as a proofreading resource with your students checking for mistakes with the spelling and grammar.
- Some of the stories are written in languages other than English. You could use stories that are written in the student’s mother tongue as a translation exercise where the student translate the story into English and then presents it to the rest of the class.
Fabio Roberts Story
Monto mi dinosaurio. Mi dinosaurio muere. Yo tengo muy triste.Voy a asesoramiento.Yo compro el autobus. Yo llego a la asesoramiento. Tengo muy feliz. Soy feliz mimo.