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Animals: using eraser to guess the hidden picture

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 erase white ink covering photos of different animals. One learner reveals part of the picture with the eraser, while the others watch and guess. The teacher comments on the learners' guesses and translates where necessary.



Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 8+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Hide & Reveal, Image

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Pronunciation, Vocabulary

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

Here it's more guessing - they know the words, but they had to guess what it was.  With the magic box, they pick it, and they see the image entirely.  So it's different.  Here they see little bits, and [...], they have some difficulties sometimes.  Because these are the pictures, and before, we worked on the drawings.
[...] We repeat, and repeat it - they will try to guess, so we hear different words, different names of animals.  And finally, we repeat and repeat and repeat, and they learn it -they remember it.

Learner comments

The learners particularly appreciate using the eraser to gradually reveal an image on the board:
"I like when for example the teacher hides labels or things like that and we have to rub with the pen.  I like doing that."
"There's white covering it.  It's paint so that we can't see the picture on the board and then with the eraser we rub and we see the picture."

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