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Animals: reviewing vocabulary with images from the magic box

Uploaded by Julie Alexander, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)


Learners in this mixed level primary class are reviewing animal vocabulary in a whole-class group at the IWB. They take turns to drag a picture of an animal from the magic box. The teacher helps them to recall and pronounce the animal words, and the learner who can recall the correct English term is allowed to select the next picture.



Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 8+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop, Hide & Reveal, Image

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Pronunciation, Vocabulary

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

I like this clip because they are all together, I like the activities with the whole class.   I think I am more in the background.  Because they choose, they pick the picture, and they pick someone who then comes...
 [It allows me to] watch, and to help with the vocabulary, but I'm not choosing.
They don't know what's in the box, and they just pick something, they don't know why - they don't know where.  And they have no idea of what's in it.
In this exercise, I think it's just - it has to deal with the motivation, maybe.  Because for them it's more fun to come to the board than to have a real box and choose a picture.   Here they can move the images, they can make them smaller, make them bigger - and this is what motivates them, I think.
For English, it's true that this kind of activity is the one I choose the most frequently.  Because it's always the surprise for them, they don't know what's going to happen, so even if they know what to do, to take the pen, and raise it - they don't know what's in the box.

Learner comments

The magic box is a favourite technique: one learner explains
"Also what's good, I liked when we looked [in the box] for an animal and we found the animal, and then another, a few different ones, then we had to find the animal labels in the box."

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