Six ideas for using posters in class
Posters are a simple and effective visual resource to engage your young learners. Download and print our new posters and read on to discover six easy ideas for using them in your classroom.
The following ideas can be used with our new Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers posters which you can download here. We have included ideas that will work with traditional posters, digital posters (for example projected on to a whiteboard) and online posters (for example: if you are currently teaching your children through an online platform.)
Under the sea: For Pre A1 Starters
First, show the poster for a few seconds and then hide it. Ask the children to say what they can remember seeing. Repeat this a couple more times. If you are teaching online, you can ask students to name one object from the poster when it’s their turn to speak. Next, show the picture and describe the scene and situation (a group of unusual characters are removing items that have been carelessly disposed of in the sea).
Now, show the poster to the children and ask them to look at the anagrams and the pictures next to them. Ask the students to tell you what each picture is. Ask them to use the anagrams to spell each word.
Finally, ask children to describe the poster with all the new additions using the structures “There is … and There are … “.
Extension idea: You can tell the children that you have found other items in the sea. Show them flashcards or pictures of items and ask them to tell you the words or spell them. If you are projecting the poster on a whiteboard, you could ask children to draw other items on the poster, and then set them the challenge of spelling the new word.
At the fairground: For A1 Movers
As with the first idea, exploit the picture first. For example, tell the students they will have 30 seconds to look at the picture and remember what they can see.
Next, without showing the picture, ask the children the questions from the poster. Afterwards, show the poster and check their ideas. If you are teaching online, you could ask students to write down their answers and hold them up to the camera, or write answers in the chat box.
Now, ask children in groups or individually to study the two pictures and decide what the differences are between them. Then ask the class to share their findings. Encourage them to use expressions such as “In the first picture there’s a… but in the second picture I can see a….”.
Extension idea: Ask students to write new questions about the poster, and then share with the class
In Space: For A2 Flyers
As with the previous ideas, start by showing the poster to the children. Ask the children to look at the three-picture story and get them to guess what is happening. Tell them to describe the beginning, middle and end of the story. If technology allows, show the first two pictures of the story, and ask the students how they think the story will end.
Now ask the children to tell the story using all the pictures and words given on the poster. Depending on your context, you could get students to tell each other the story first, in small groups and then each group shares with the class. Or you could ask one student to begin the story, the next student then has to continue it, then the next student, and so on, until they have completed the story.
Finally, ask students to write the story and then share their texts with each other. If you are using an online platform to teach, you may have access to breakout rooms where you can set up small groups of children to work on their texts collaboratively.
Extension idea: The children add extra amazing words, story words and linking words to the list and try to include these in their stories.