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By Kay Clifford — Part-time teacher, Ipswich

An interactive labelling and captions game helping children to learn about the parts of the human body (linking to Life processes and living things in science).

*In this interactive game, for one or two players, children will learn about the parts of the human body (linking to Life processes and living things in science), building their store of vocabulary, while developing understanding of how labels and captions can combine with diagrams to convey information.

The game will provide a practical context in which to follow instructions and will also develop mouse control, as children drag and drop and click to match captions and labels to pictures.

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Playing the game

This game has three levels and is best played in pairs so children can discuss their answers. However, it could also be played individually.

Level 1 – My body parts

  • Level 1 is the simplest level and involves completing basic captions about the senses.
  • The children take it in turns to click to ‘roll’ the interactive dice. Each face of the dice displays a body part – nose, ear, tongue, eye or hand. Depending on which body part they roll on the dice, players have to click on a matching caption, choosing the sentence in which the name of that body part would make sense.
  • If a player chooses correctly, the word will appear in the caption, the caption will change colour and arrows will point to the correct place in the main diagram. Dr Frog will pop up with a correct answer message. The next player now rolls the dice and repeats the activity.
  • If a player chooses the wrong caption to match the body part shown on the dice, Dr Frog will tell them to try again, the caption will remain incomplete and play passes to the next player.
  • Once all the captions have been completed and the diagram is fully labelled, there is an option to print the finished diagram.

Using the activity sheet

The activity sheet activity sheet below provides a simple writing frame which the children can use to compose their own poem about the senses, practising using the vocabulary from the game.

Level 2 – The things my body can do

  • Level 2 is played in a similar way, but on this level children are encouraged to consider other words used to describe the senses.
  • This time the captions are already linked to the diagram, but they have missing words.
  • The first player should click on the Start button. Dr Frog’s bag will then appear with a selection of words. The player can select any word from the bag but they must then drag it into the appropriate caption.
  • If they choose the correct word, it will stay in place in the caption and Dr Frog will pop up with a correct answer message. It is now Player 2’s turn to select a word.
  • If they choose an incorrect word, the word will bounce back, Dr Frog will pop up again and play passes to Player 2.

Literacy Framework

See the Using this issue chart to identify the Learning Objectives covered by these activities, to track progression from Reception through to Year 3, and to identify links with Year 1 and 2 Planning Units.

Level 2 – Sensational senses

  • The main aim of level 3 is to compose a poem. Children ‘roll’ the dice to reveal one of five senses. They must then click on a picture which best represents that sense (eg, a rose for smell, sugar cubes for taste).
  • If the correct picture is selected, the picture becomes full colour and Dr Frog pops up to confirm that the correct picture has been chosen.
  • If they select the wrong picture, Dr Frog will tell them to try again and play passes to the next person.
  • When all five pictures have been correctly identified, the children must choose a caption to match each picture, dragging and dropping it into place. Dr Frog will pop up after each attempt to say if the choice is correct, and the captions will bounce back if they do not match the picture.
  • Play continues until all five sentences are in place. When read in order they form a poem which can be printed off, if desired.

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