Wordless Picture Books With Epic

Knowledge Constructor


Wordless books help develop vocabulary and language skills in young children. Students will use EPIC to read wordless picture books and then transfer their knowledge into creating their own story through picture or pictures.

Students will:

  • Be able to log in and find the wordless picture book section.
  • Be able to look at several different wordless picture books.
  • Be able to draw a picture that shows a story.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Wordless Picture Book: A wordless picture book is a picture book whose narrative is expressed through the illustrations. 

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Create an educator account on Epic!

  • Create individual student profiles.

  • Load Epic! on student devices and/or tablets if you are using portable devices. If using PC's bookmark the website and give the Epic student code to the students. 

  • Make a collection of Wordless Picture Books for your students or use this premade one.

  • Assign the collection of Wordless Picture Books to your students.

  • Watch this Getting Started with Epic video for help with Epic!

Note: An alternate activity for older children or those able to write is to create their own narrative to go along with the pictures in the books they have looked at. 

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Students will log into Epic! using their class code.

  2. Students will find the “Wordless Picture Book”  collection that is assigned to them.

  3. Students will look through and read several of the wordless picture books. (Teacher could model this as a whole class first if needed.)

  4. Students will use their journals or a piece of paper/papers to draw a picture that tells a story.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Use the student’s drawing to see if it tells a story.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Knowledge Constructor
3a.Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:


Getting Started With Epic video

Wordless Picture Book collection


  • Students will learn about and explore wordless picture books.
  • Students will be able to make their own stories through pictures.
  • Students will learn that authors use illustrations to tell stories.

Students can add artwork to their stories. 

This task card was created by Kristina Schrik, Kalamazoo Christian, December 2020.