Simple Starter Idea

I shared an idea for a simple starter activity on the site recently and thought I would write a quick blog post about it.

The activity requires students to label an image using the Word Magnet resource – and I have added a competitive, team element to it.

Idea One

Upload an image as a background to your Word Magnet board and add labels as I have done in the example below:

Labelled Image

A student from team one must choose a label and drag it to the correct place on the image. If they do this correctly, they win a point for their team. If they do this incorrectly, the label is returned to the side and the opposing team (or teams) win a point.

The game continues until all of the labels have been positioned correctly.

Idea Two

This is the same as the idea above, but with a twist…

As you can see in the example below, I have flipped the magnets over and so the teams do not know what their label will say until they choose it and flip it over:

Flipped Magnets

This adds a random element to the game and an extra challenge for the students.

Idea Three

Another twist on the original idea – this one requires no preparation at all for the teacher and will really challenge each team!

You begin the game with a blank board and each team must add labels of their own and position them correctly:

No Labels

If a team is unable to add a label then they are out of the game!

At the end of the game, you should have an image full of labels. You could save the activity at this point and use it again in the future… or publish it for students to access at home and use for revision!

Developing the Idea Further

This simple idea could be developed even further.

For example, in the example below, I have created ‘anagram’ magnets. Students must solve each anagram before they are able to place the magnet – and then flip the magnet to discover if they were correct:

Anagram Magnets

As with all Triptico activities, this idea will work with all languages and in all subjects. For example, in a geography lesson, a map could be uploaded as the image background and labelled. In biology, a diagram of a heart could be used. You can make the activity as simple or as complex as you like.

If you have a chance to try this activity – or if you have any ideas for how it could be developed further – then please let me know.

I hope that this idea will be helpful!