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Musical Jar

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Musical Jar


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·         read words aloud with correct pronunciation for stronger and average pupils.

·         say the initial sound of the word or recognize the letters by spelling out the whole word for weaker pupils.

Target Language:

Topic vocabulary

Time needed for preparation:

10 minutes

Time needed in class:

10 minutes


Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

Language Focus:


Activity Use:

Set Induction

Pupil Task:

Whole Class

Which learning institute:



Word cards cut up, small plastic jar or box 1 for whole class or 1 per group, CD player and music CD

Procedure before class:

1.       Select vocabulary for the lesson or review purposes.
2.       Print and cut up words and put in the jar(s).

Procedure in class:

1.       Ask the pupils to sit in a circle on the floor.
2.       Play music or encourage pupils to sing songs related to the topic, if possible.
3.       The pupils pass the jar around the group as the music plays.
4.       When the music stops, the teacher holds up a hand to stop the class singing or presses pause on the CD player the pupil holding the jar takes out a word card.
5.       The pupil reads the word on the card to the rest of the class.
6.       If the jar stops at a weaker pupil who is unable to read the word, ask them to either say the initial sound or spell the word. The pupil then repeats the word after the teacher or another pupil sitting next to them helps them.
7.       The pupil puts the word card back in the jar and gives it a shake.
8.       Play the music again and pass the jar around until as many pupils as possible have had a turn.

Follow Up:

Working in small groups, pupils try to remember and write down as many of the words in the jar as possible.


Have enough jars with word cards for pupils to do the activity in small groups at their desks.

When a pupil says a word they have to indicate the matching picture shown on the blackboard or table if using groups.


Topic vocabulary could be replaced with common sight words or pictures could replace word cards.


If the teacher has no music available then pupils can sing songs as they pass the jar around.