This is an idea for using the Clicker 6 matching wizard in a slightly different way. As well as matching like to like, whether pictures, words, or sounds, it’s also possible to change one of the variables to change the activity emphasis. Use the wizard to make the basic activity and then add the modifications.
When matching pictures to sounds the activity can be extended by changing the target - record or type information which the speech engine will read. In the following examples the focus becomes a fact, rather than a word. In At the Playground – Listen and Match, the activity becomes part of a story comprehension re-telling. Another example, based on sequencing a number of steps in a procedure, is Planting a Seed – Listen and Match.
Similarly, a picture and words activity can be extended beyond a word recognition focus. By changing the target from a word to a definition, children can demonstrate their understanding. An example from LearningGrids is Coastal Features – Definitions. A similar example based on the five senses is Our Senses – Matching.
A third modification, based on a picture matching wizard, enables children to match associated objects rather than direct matches. For example, in People at Work – Picture Pairs children match a place of work with people in their job uniforms. In this example, use the matching wizard to make the activity and then change the target pictures in edit mode.
It requires a little more work to set up these activities, but the outcome is well worth it. They offer ways to differentiate and extend activities and encourage careful listening and observation, as well as offering opportunities to show knowledge.