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Using third person in past tense: adapting notebook game to complete reading comprehension

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This video clip is taken from a lesson whereby the learners were using the third person in the past tense. The video extract was from the plenary part of the lesson whereby the teacher used the IWB as an assessment tool. In the first part of the clip the whole class read a paragraph about a character's holiday which included details such as where they went, what they saw and what they wore. In the second part of the video clip the teacher had adapted a multiple choice quiz, found within the gallery section of the Smart notebook software, to base the questions around the information in the paragraph which the learners had just read. If the learners correctly answered the question a small tick would appear and the game would automatically move to the next question.


Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 10+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Image, Interactive objects, Navigation (between flipchart pages)

Teaching methods: Whole class questioning, Plenary (reflection), Individual activity

Language area: Reading, Speaking

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

As a plenary part of the lesson it was a good way to get an understanding of how well the children have grasped the concept we looked at that lesson. It was good to see those who knew that the answer was ‘A’ and really confident, and those who were not so sure. It was very good for you to pick up, as a teacher, whose reading skills have been enhanced from what you have taught them that lesson.  

The writing was clear and bold for them to read and when you get to the quiz element it is interactive so you click the right answer and a green tick comes up.  There’s a sense of satisfaction for those children who get a green tick. Again the questions and answers were big and bold and because you could press the screen the answer just came up. I couldn’t think of a better way of doing it without using the IWB.

There is so much in the gallery as part of the software that you can use across the curriculum but which also fits in with language acquisition, such as the things you saw in that lesson: the dice, or the multiple choice quiz. There are so many different things you can use to engage the children, to focus the children and really enhance their language learning.

Learner comments

Our teacher sets it up all to go so you don’t have to wait for him to write it as he goes along.

You can play and it’s big enough to play games with your friends, like clicking stuff with your hands not the mouse. 

It’s the IWB more fun because you can do more things on it.

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