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Food: using drag and drop to move vocabulary for memory game

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This activity took place in the context of a lesson on learning the vocabulary for different names of food. Prior to this clip the IWB was used to show four characters' shopping lists in Welsh, using the vocabulary the learners practiced throughout the lesson. A stopwatch was used which only gave the class one minute to try and memorise the contents of the four shopping lists. After the minute the lists automatically disappeared and the foods were randomly placed at the bottom of the IWB. In this clip the learners are seen trying to remember which item of food goes into which list by dragging and dropping the words at the bottom of the IWB into the correct list.


Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 7+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop, Image, Interactive objects

Teaching methods: Pairwork

Language area: Reading, Vocabulary

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

I liked this clip because it was quite a fun activity at the end of the lesson. Sometimes at the end of the lesson it’s hard to motivate the children and keep their attention but the clock on the IWB helped keep them motivated and I think it was quite stimulating. They only had a set minute to do it and it was a very difficult task to memorise, but I think we managed to do it and again a range of different ability groups were willing to come up and move without that feeling of failure.

I think because they had a timed session they had to do it quite quickly, I think it motivated them to want to achieve.

I think it gives them a feeling of achievement. I think it motivates them to want to have a go because sometimes they can hold back not wanting to get things wrong. It’s a motivator because if they do get something wrong you can sort of gloss over it in a way because if there’s just a little cross to show an incorrect answer, you just move on to the next thing. I think their peers can help them because everyone is focused and motivated by the IWB.   

Learner comments

When asked what their favourite part of the lesson was one learner responded: "I liked it when you got to move all the stuff in the shopping list."



Other comments

The teacher highlighted the ease of drag and drop and how it enabled children of all abilities to join in.



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