I am about to embark on the dreaded Zoom journey so many of us have had to make in the last few months. So i tried to think of a way to make it more interactive for both teachers and students and these simple answer sticks were one of the ways i thought of.

These simple and FREE hand held printable cards can be used in online learning to see if the whole class understand, is listening, and knows the answers. I thought it better than trying look at small camera screens, or teach how to use all those functions in Zoom.

So the day i had been dreading is finally here. Online classes, with students i have never met, who missed half of their kindergarten year in the last year and have never met me, never mind met each other.

I am taking a guess that their computer skills are not quite at the level of mine and have decided instead of using (or just using) the random smiley buttons on Zoom that it might be slightly more fun, easier to see who is listening, understanding and not just playing with toys under the desk if I made something they could use while having the class with me, and now with other teachers.

So I made some chopstick Zoom answer sticks. I am in Hong Kong so chop sticks are somewhat easier to get hold of here, so a pencil or straw or whatever will work just as well of course.

I wont go on and on but simply put i have made 4 pictures, a tick and cross, and a thumbs up and thumbs down as in the images below. i have cut them out and stuck them back to back so students can use these to answer questions or to say if they like the activity, understand or whatever else you wish to ask them. I have also put my logo on them for two main reasons.

  • to show which way is the correct way up for the tick and cross etc
  • to do some shameless self promotion
  • If you really have a need for the logo not to be there drop an email to info@makingenglishfuncom.wpcomstaging.com and i can send the PDF or PowerPoint through.

I have also made four coloured hands, green, blue, red and yellow. and i am just sitting (on a Sunday!) making a simple PowerPoint they can read and answer using these sticks as well. so it offers the chance to do multiple choice question. They are also stuck back to back.

We also have 4 blank hands, so that students can colour themselves, however of course make sure the whole class can choose the same 4 colours!! The lessons will be difficult enough without another challenge!!

I have prepared a simple video for students and for teachers as this is often easier to follow and will post it right here ===> when it has been finished.

I know i thought of this on August 29th 2 days before school starts but better late than never!

I am not looking forward to this, but like lots of things in education we have to try to make the best of a challenging situation and they don’t come much more challenging that global pandemics!

Let me know of any other ideas you may have for zoom, for all the other readers but in this case for me!!! as i also need all the help i can get.

Hope we all, teachers and students, get through this to the other side and take care and stay safe.

all the best from us at Making English Fun.

There are also other worksheets on this site for phonics, vocabulary, grammar and short and long vowels as well. Feel free to check them out.

Hope its useful and Happy Teaching

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I have been a teacher of English for over 15 years, in that time i made hundreds and thousands of resources and learnt so much i think its worth sharing. Hopefully to help teachers and parents around the world.