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The Gingerbread Man: using the highlighter tool to complete the wordsearch

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 clip is taken from the last activity of the lesson whereby the teacher used some of the key vocabulary used during the lesson to create their own wordsearch.  The whole class were required to find the relevant vocabulary in the wordsearch and individuals were selected to use the highlighter tool to identify the correct words.  The teacher also displayed the list of words on the right-hand side of the flipchart so the learners could tick each word that they had found.  




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

Teaching methods: Plenary (reflection), Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Reading, Vocabulary

IWB board used: SMART Board

Teacher comment

I used the IWB in this extract to show the children a wordsearch grid ... Children were able to see the grid and contribute to the lesson.  Five children were then asked to come out and highlight the words they had found.

The IWB enabled them all to participate actively within the lesson and in a fun way encouraged them to read the vocabulary from the story.  They were then able to feel very pleased when they had found a word by highlighting it.  They were able to work collaboratively as a class to complete the wordsearch. 

The IWB provides visual, auditory and kinaesthetic experiences for all children in the class. Differentiated activities can be planned for different groups ... More able children can be suitably challenged and less able children can have activities differentiated to suit their needs.  For example a piece of writing can be made simpler very easily using the IWB.

Learner comments

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

My favourite part of all was answering the very last question, the last thing we had to find in the wordsearch, because it was hard.

It does [help us to learn] because it does everything that you want to learn.

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