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Ministry of Education.

Disappearing definition

Write the definition on the white board. The teacher reads the definition to the students. The students chorus the definition back. The teacher rubs out every seventh word and a student reads out the text including the missing word. The teacher rubs out every seventh word and a student reads out the entire text. The teacher continues rubbing out until there is no text on the board. The students then write the definition into their books from memory.

Note:

  • Always use an important piece of text or definition for this activity.
  • The classroom context will determine how the teacher chooses the students who are to read. Even if the teacher chooses students systematically around the classroom, the students will all be focused with their answer ready.

Published on: 09 Jun 2009




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