Generating Vocabulary Through Sport – Word Photo Apps

This post will share some uses of vocabulary art for sport, using images of athletes and the app WordFoto. Through such apps, key words can be added, creating effective and stimulating vocabulary art of any image. Have a look here for help on how to use.

This could be used for pre and post PE sessions, where teachers and pupils can list key technical vocabulary to refer to at any time to secure important terms and technique in sport. Through video and photo coverage in lessons using an iPad/iPhone, this is very simple to do through apps such as WordFoto above.

In the past, I have used this in class to generate vocabulary linked to characters and a great starting point for character descriptions. Initially, I saw this being used by Mat Sullivan (@inspiredmind5) through comics and superheroes and absolutely loved the idea! So much so, some of my class last year generated their own hand-drawn pieces – see some unrelated examples here at LendMeYourLiteracy on our school portfolio page.

1.) An effective approach could be generating vocabulary based art direct from video and creating a still. This could be from your own footage of lessons or work that the children have done too, but let’s have a look at using it to generate word art from a video stimulus.

2.) For this blog, I quickly chose a first-person perspective video of a surfer – Conley Rider. *I will soon share more on the possibilities of using first person Go-Pro video cameras as a writing stimulus. Select a suitable video.

3.)  Then, generate a ‘still’ from the video – do this by pressing the home button and power button together, in this order, promptly one after the other.

Conley Rider

4.) This will then save the image in your camera roll. Open this in WordFoto and ask the pupils to add vocabulary to the app.

Your focus could be upon a particular word class, such as adjectives to describe the location and environment, or even the person themselves. In addition, you could generate nouns and verbs too, and build on this together as a group and class, adding higher level vocabulary that the pupils can apply to their writing. For this example, we will aim to describe the feelings and emotions of the surfer through adjectives and abstract nouns.

5.)  By adding our gathered vocabulary in to the app, our image will then hopefully look something like this:

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You could add more but I would aim to challenge the children to not only choose the first word that comes to them: put themselves in the place of the surfer.

6.) Next, I’ve generated some technical vocabulary based on some surfing terms I learnt over the summer, where I had my first surf lesson – I loved it! You can see the benefit here, especially if your writing focus isn’t fictional but possibly non-fiction and relative to a PE lesson etc., where technical and explanatory language is required.


7.) Finally, an extension to this could be having the children adding their own gathered vocabulary that they can hand draw and add around this image. It looks very effective and something they can refer back to in their books, or, as a display. Combining the digital image and WordFoto generated vocabulary art, the complete piece is so effective.

Thanks so much for reading. Remember, this is just one focus – surfing. Chose what you want, and if you need help, please ask me @johndcotter.

Please check out the Moving Writing Flipboard magazine for other stimuli and resource ideas. Stay tuned for more on here too!


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