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## Algorithms

### Starters / Plenaries

##### Post-its

A fun kinesthetic activity where students work in teams to solve a puzzle.

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##### 10 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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##### Hot and cold

Starter.

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

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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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##### What do I know

Starter and plenary

Students fill in a sheet at the start of the lesson to indicate their level of knowledge for this topic. At the end of the lesson they revisit the sheet and update it to show what they have learned.

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##### 30 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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##### Acting up

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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##### Compare and contrast

A  starter activity
Students are given two images and asked to consider the differences and similarities between them

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##### Countdown

Students are given a set of jumbled up words related to this topic. They have to unscramble each of the words within 30 seconds.

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##### Memorise this

Students work in pairs or small groups to remember words which have been shown to them.

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Lesson starter.

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 tennis

Students work in groups of three with two 'serving' words related to the topic. The observer monitors for words which are 'out'

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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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##### Give me ten

Students work in pairs to come up with ten words related to this project before joining up with another pair to expand their list.

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##### Just a minute

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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. The group must ensure that all members are able to articulate the answer.

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The class 'test' the teacher on their knowledge of key words related to this topic

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##### Chinese whispers

Starter or plenary task. Students write a description of a key term, then pass it through translation filters for a different group to put back together.

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##### Lucky dip questions

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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##### 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 the buck

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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##### Three facts

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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##### Word association

Students are asked to write down all of the words they associate with this topic. They then work with a partner to categorise them.

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##### 4 - 4 - 2

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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##### Corkboard

A great plenary idea both for AFL and for getting feedback from every student

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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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##### 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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##### New words

Students have to identify three new words/terms that they learned during this lesson and then explain their meaning

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##### Pyramid

A plenary activity.

Students are asked to complete a self assessment sheet to indicate what they have learned during this lesson

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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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##### Mastermind

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

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##### Call my bluff

A plenary activity based on the popular game show, ‘Call My Bluff’

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##### One word

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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##### Word building

Students work in groups to construct a sentence about today’s lesson

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Students can take forever to set up a presentation often wasting valuable lesson time choosing their background colours and font styles.

This resource provides students with a template for this topic with the aim on them spending time on the content rather than the 'pretty stuff'.

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Students read the theory notes on the mini website and then answer the questions on the task sheet.

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##### 100 words

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##### Booklet

Students are given a scenario and asked to research for specific information. They are then given a set of guidelines and asked to create a booklet from the information they have gathered.

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Students are given an exam style question to answer. They are also given a set of key words to incorporate into their answer.

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##### Identify the question

Students are given the answer to a number of questions.  Their task is to identify what the original question might have been.

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##### Important questions

Students work in pairs to consider the questions that should be asked regarding the work they've done today.

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##### Key terms

Students are asked to provide a definition and example for key terms related to this topic

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##### Mind map

Students are given the basic structure of a mind map for this topic. They are asked to complete the mind map by adding extra branches.

Mind maps are a useful tool to use as a revision aid.

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##### Podcast

Students are given instructions about creating a revision podcast based on this topic

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##### Poster

Students are asked to create a poster that could be used for a classroom display. Key design techniques are suggested.

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##### PNI

Students are asked to identify the positive, negative and interesting points relating to this topic

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##### Wordle

Students write a set of notes about this topic and then use them as the basis to create a word cloud. Their work can be used to create a classroom display.

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##### You are the teacher

Students work in small groups to prepare a lesson on this topic. They are provided with information and tips about the tasks they need to prepare.

Because all students will be working on this task there is no real need for them to actually teach it the following lesson

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