Picture Scenes for I Spy and Language Building in Classroom and Distance Learning

Type: digital

If you teach younger students working on language or students in special ed who need to expand their language use, these 6 scenes with targeted vocabulary and target cheat sheets for the teacher are just what you need.  Use them and the instructor cheat sheets to play I Spy in different ways and  expand and practice students' language skills in expressive vocabulary, receptive vocabulary, using nouns and verbs, labeling items, identifying items by feature, function or class and more.

The picture scenes are provided in Google Slides™️ and print.  This makes a great activity for face-to-face video conferences or using the projector in the classroom.  And your students will think it's "just" a game of I Spy.

  • Each of the scenes comes with a targeted sheet that identifies the nouns, verbs, colors, features, functions, categories in the picture.
  • There is a cheat sheet of potential target phrases to use when playing the game.
  • Finally there are suggestions for 6 different ways to play I Spy from working on simple noun identification to identifying items with first letter up to describing what they see and telling a story from the picture.

 ⭐️ If you are a member of the Special Educator Academy, this set is included in your membership, so don't buy it! ⭐️


  • Play I Spy (in a myriad of ways) or simply to talk about the picture
  • Have students tell (or write) a story about the picture
  • Ask simple inference questions about the picture (e.g., why does the girl have a rake?)
  • Have students use it as a picture of the day for journal entries
  • Use them for students to do simple describing to items or activities in the picture (e.g., what is the boy doing?)


  • 6 scenes with targeted vocabulary included, differentiated by difficulty. (farm, bedroom, backyard, kitchen, classroom, autumn scene). *The autumn scene is available free in my resource library.
  • A vocabulary sheet for each scene of all the vocabulary in the picture including nouns, verbs, colors, features, functions, and categories
  • A cheat sheet for each scene of potential targets or questions to address in the game (e.g., I spy something that barks; I spy something that's green)


  • Early childhood settings (distance learning or in class) working on communication and language skills
  • Special education students of all ages working on vocabulary, description and other language skills
  • Speech and language students working on understanding and expressing vocabulary and different forms of speech
  • Students working in verbal behavior programs on receptive and expressive feature, function, class


  • Clear, simple scenes with vocabulary items that stand out
  • Combinations of different types of vocabulary (e.g., nouns, verbs) for easy differentiation in group activities
  • Ideas for simplifying or expanding the game to meet different needs in the class
  • Google Slides™️ of the picture scenes for easy use in distance learning
  • Instructions and ideas for teachers to use easily in their classroom
  • Cheat sheets teachers can use to highlight targets they want to address with their students


  • Receptive vocabulary
  • Expressive vocabulary
  • Labeling with nouns
  • Receptive by feature, function and/or class
  • Expressive vocabulary by feature, function and/or category
  • Telling narratives
  • Expanding length of utterances
  • Making inferences
  • Beginning letter ID
  • and more

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This product is copyrighted by Christine Reeve for use in one classroom. They may not be copied for additional classes without purchasing extra licenses. For bulk discounts, please email me at chris@autismclassroomresources.com