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Functions and Procedures: Starters and plenaries

Starters

 

Recap

A task recapping this lesson, meant to be used as a starter in the following lesson.

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Ten questions

A lesson starter activity. A volunteer (either a student or class teacher) is given a slip of paper so they know 'what they are'. The rest of the class can ask up to a maximum of 10 questions to guess what they are. The volunteer can only answer 'yes' or 'no'

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Questions to ask

A starter task. Students are given a list of categories and asked to write down the questions they would like answered from today's lesson

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Starters or Plenaries

Crossword

Students are given a completed crossword and asked to write the clues. This task is an excellent way to help students really understand the meaning of each term. Differentiation is achieved through the complexity of the clues written. Students can swap clues and provide feedback on their clarity.

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Three facts

A starter or plenary task in which students are asked to write down three facts that they can remember off the top of their heads about the topic.

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What why how

Starter or plenary task. Students are asked three questions framed as ???What???? ???Why??? and ???How????

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Give me 10

A starter or plenary task. Students work in pairs before joining up with another pair to expand their list.

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Just a minute

Starter or plenary task. Students are asked to talk to a partner about this topic for 60 seconds whilst abiding by a set of rules

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Pick me

This provides a differentiated starter or plenary activity. Students are given a question and work in groups to come up with an answer.

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Whats your opinion

Starter and plenary task. Students are given a statement about this topic and asked to discuss their opinion in pairs. At the end of the lesson they can reassess whether their original opinion has changed

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Plenaries

Talkabout

A plenary task. Students work in pairs with one student talking about the topic and the other monitoring how many of the displayed key words they mention.

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Taboo

A plenary activity. This task follows the traditional Taboo game. Students work in teams with one student from each team having their back to the board. A word is displayed on the board and teams take it in turns to describe the word to the student without actually mentioning the word itself.

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Mastermind

A plenary activity which is loosely based on the game show 'Mastermind'

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Teach me about

Lesson plenary. Students become the teacher! One student is tasked with preparing a five minute revision starter about this topic for the beginning of the following lesson.

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