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Language Learning Fun : Improving Vocabulary Retention With Customized Flashcards made using brush ninja. Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will be able to create customized flashcards using Brush Ninja and use them to improve their vocabulary retention.


  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Brush Ninja website
  • Vocabulary words list provided by the teacher


  1. Introduce the topic of vocabulary retention and explain how flashcards can help students remember new words.
  2. Show students how to access the Brush Ninja website and give a brief tutorial on how to use it.
  3. Provide a list of vocabulary words for students to work with.
  4. Instruct students to choose a word from the list and create an animated gif that represents that word using Brush Ninja.
  5. Once they have created their gif, they should add text to the image with the word’s definition and/or an example sentence.
  6. Encourage students to share their creations with classmates and discuss why they chose certain images or animations for their chosen words.


Assessment will be based on:

  • Participation in class discussion
  • Completion of an agreed amount of custom flashcards made using Brush Ninja


To extend this lesson, you could:

  • Have students work in pairs or groups to create a set of flashcards related to a specific topic (e.g., science, history)
  • Use the flashcards as a study tool before quizzes or exams
  • Ask students to write sentences or short paragraphs using some of the new vocabulary words they learned from their custom flashcards

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