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Recap

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

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Find and sort

Starter. A fun kinaesthetic activity encouraging students to correctly arrange a sentence preparing them for the lesson ahead.

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Thirty seconds

Lesson starter. Students are shown a number of terms for exactly 30 seconds. They need to memorise as many as possible. After 30 seconds, the terms are hidden and they need to write down as many terms as they can remember along with at least one fact about that term.

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Three two one

Lesson starter. Display this on the whiteboard as students are walking through the door. They can work individually or in pairs to come up with the answers. Good for differentiation as all students should be able to get at least one of the six points.

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Post-its

A fun kinaesthetic starter task where students work in teams to solve a puzzle.

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Starters or Plenaries

Sort and answer

Students work to reconstruct a scrambled question about this topic, and then provide an answer.

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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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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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Draw me a picture

Starter or plenary. Students are given a selection of key terms and are asked to illustrate one of them in a diagram.

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One two three

Can be used either as a starter or a plenary task. Students are given a sheet to complete firstly on their own, then with a partner and then joining up with another pair

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Pass it around

An excellent starter or plenary for involving all students and getting them to identify a large number of facts about the current topic

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Post it key terms

Starter or plenary. A good activity to encourage teamwork. Students compete in groups to identify as many key terms as possible.

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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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Turn it down

Starter or plenary task. This follows the traditional game of writing a statement, folding or turning the paper down to hide what has been written and then passing it to the next student.

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Teacher talkabout

Starter or plenary task. The class 'test' the teacher on their knowledge of key words related to this topic

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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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Haiku

Starter or plenary task. Students are asked to write a description in the form of a haiku poem for one of a handful of key terms.

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Plenaries

Pass the box

An excellent starter or plenary for involving all students and getting them to identify a large number of facts about the current topic

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Four four two

A plenary activity where students are asked to summarise the lesson and pick out the main key words related to the topic.

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I predict

This task acts as the plenary from one lesson and the starter for the next lesson

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Are they right

Testing the class???s knowledge on the topic by asking them to judge whether a single student???s answers are right or wrong

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Lesson summary

This plenary provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the lesson and their learning and an AFL opportunity for the teacher.

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Lucky dip questions

Starter or plenary task. Every student is given a number at the start of the activity. This is used to help pick who will ask and answer questions about what has been learned during the lesson.

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New words

A plenary task in which students have to identify three new words/terms that they learned during this lesson and then explain their meaning

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Text me

A plenary activity where students are asked to write a text message to explain what they have learned during the lesson

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Tweet it

A plenary activity. Students write a ???Tweet??? message to sum up what they have learned during the lesson

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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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Word building

Plenary task. Students work in groups to construct a sentence about today???s lesson

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Mastermind

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

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One word

A plenary task. Students have to sum up today's lesson in just one sentence. They must include a given word within that sentence.

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