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The Gingerbread Man: using the pen and hide and reveal tool to correct mistakes in the sentences

Uploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)


This video clip took place in the context of learning vocabulary associated with the literature 'The Gingerbread Man' in Welsh.   This activity presented the whole class with pairs of sentences related to the story of 'The Gingerbread Man.' The teacher used the hide and reveal tool to focus the learner's attention on one pair at a time.  The learners were required to identify what was different about the sentences and use the pen tool to annotate the sentence to make sure they matched.  The mistakes included both incorrect words and punctuation. 



Target language: Welsh

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: English

Age range: 4+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Content marking, Hide & Reveal, Image, Writing/pen tool (inc. handwriting recognition)

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Reading, Writing

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

I used the IWB in this extract to show the children a number of pairs of sentences.  They were able to compare the pairs of sentences and identify grammatical mistakes.  Children were then able to annotate the sentences to make them correct.  All learners were then able to see the changes made.  I used the screen shade tool to hide the other pairs of sentences so that learners had to focus on one at a time.

The use of the IWB enabled them to all participate actively within the lesson and demonstrate their understanding by reading the sentences on the IWB.  Children were keen to help and engage in the activity and spot the grammatical errors. They used the pens to cross out any wrong words and add in any missing letters or full stops.  Children were able to see both sentences to check they were both correct.

The notebook software has an abundance of resources that enable me to devise effective lessons that can often include visual and audio features that cater for many learning styles.  By watching my own lessons I have learned what works well and what needs improving.




Learner comments

It [the IWB] really helps you [because] if you wait and wait ... then you get your turn and then you can do whatever you want on it.  It's really fun but it's not a toy, it's very fragile and if I wanted to go on it I could just touch it.

I liked everything [in the lesson] because it was all on the pages ready to go.


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