Memory: tasks

Starters / Plenaries

Consider all Reasons

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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Teach me about ...

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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Factors to Consider

Students are given some information about a fairly open-ended scenario.

In pairs, they should try to identify all of the factors that they would need to consider in order to provide an answer to the question.

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10 Questions

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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What am I thinking?

Students are told that the teacher is thinking about three things to do with this topic. They have to write their guesses down onto post-it notes.

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30 Seconds

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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3-2-1

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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10 Seconds

Students are shown a term or given a scenario and they have exactly 10 seconds to come up with 5 different, suitable answers.

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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

A starter or plenary task

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

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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Memorise This!

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

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Pass the Parcel

This starter follows the traditional party game, with questions instead of gifts.

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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

Starter or plenary task

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

A starter or plenary task.

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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Teacher Talkabout

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

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Stand up, sit down

A kinaesthetic plenary that gets students to think about the main terms related to this topic

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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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Call my bluff

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

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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

A plenary task

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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Word building game

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

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Lesson tasks and homework

Theory Notes Task

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

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Correct the Teacher

Students are given a piece of text written by a 'teacher'.

The text contains a number of mistakes. They are asked to read the text and correct any mistakes they find.

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Exam Style Question

Students are given a set of questions which are similar to those they might expect to see in their GCSE written examination.

A good opportunity to give students practice on question answering technique.

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Do I belong?

In groups, students sort through a large selection of terms and decide whether the term is related to the current topic.

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Fill-in-the-Gaps

Students are given a piece of text with a number of key words removed. The key words appear in a table above the text. They need to replace the words correctly back into the text.

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Tick the Answer (true / false)

Students are given a number of different statements relating to this topic. They have to decide whether the statement is true or false and place a tick in the correct box.

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Crossword Clues

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 swop clues and provide feedback on their clarity.

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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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100 words

Students have exactly 100 words to summarise the key points about this topic

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Agony Aunt

Students are put into the role of an agony aunt who has to answer a set of letters about technology related problems.

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