My ESL students need ten beautiful copies of the Firefly Junior Visual Dictionary!
The Firefly Visual Dictionary is an ESL student's dream. Over 2,000 detailed illustrations are labeled with all those maddeningly specific words that can't be figured out through traditional dictionaries, pantomime, or description. Everything from species of insects to cooking utensils to geological features can be found in these delightfully useful books! They are an important part of any classroom reference library.
In my sixth grade ESL classroom, we have just one well-loved visual dictionary. It's about fifteen years old and is missing its cover and several pages. We make good use of it whenever students are searching for just the right word. Our conversations often go something like this:
"Do you mean this one?" one child points to an antelope, and the other child shakes her head.
"This one?" Pointing to a deer.
"No, bigger, and with bigger horns." The child flips through, and her face lights up when she finds just the right picture. "Caribou," she reads aloud to the class, and shows us exactly what she's trying to say.
Though they are new to the United States (most have been here a year or less), I push my students to be as clear and specific as possible in their writing and their speech. They have so much extra ground to cover as newcomers preparing for American high school! These dictionaries would enable them to search out just the right words they are looking for, more so than "regular" dictionaries.
Can you help my students build their vocabularies?
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