Fun instructions mini task

13 Sep

WRITING ANT

This fun task can be used as a starter for students when teaching them about the importance of reading and following instructions.

I won’t give it away but the task creates lots of moans, groans and laughs and reiterates very simply the importance of following instructions carefully. The students get the message straight away and vow never to be fooled again!

Enjoy and click on the link for the resource.

INSTRUCTIONS MINI TEST

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Holiday reading & writing task

15 Jan

FLIP FLOPS

Students will enjoy using their imaginations with this task which can be adapted for any age and ability.

In the task sheet they are given an imaginary £1000 pounds to spend on a holiday and they have to research holidays in the brochures then plan out what they’d take, where they’d go etc in a piece of descriptive and informative text.

The students can then present their work as part of speaking and listening in small groups to encourage them to justify and explain their choices.

All students enjoy this task and it can be carried out using brochures or by searching on the Internet, giving them chance to develop skills for the future in budgeting and booking a holiday.

HOLIDAY TASK REVISED

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Lovehearts reading and writing task

14 Jan

PEOPLE LOVEHEART

This mini project revolves around packets of Loveheart sweets and includes reading, writing, speaking and listening and a little bit of basic maths.

Students work through the different challenges from opening the sweets and identifying their features to writing descriptively about what they taste like and researching information about the history of Lovehearts, you could also try this with Skittles.

Thanks to Maggie Harnew for the original idea which was posted onto Skillsworkshop, just click on the link below to access the resource.

LOVE HEARTS TASK

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Reading extension tasks

12 Jan

GIRL READING

Here’s a comprehensive list of activities that can be carried after students have read literature/books to test their reading skills and extend writing to provide information.

Thanks to http://education.illinois.edu/ for the resource, there’s lots to choose from and will ensure that students demonstrate their learning through a variety of tasks, just click on the link below.

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Projects for assessing combined English skills

11 Jan

WWW MAGNIFYING GLASS

These two tasks are mini projects that test the students combined reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Any subject material can be used, ours are from http://www.carelpress.com, but you could use newspaper or magazine articles instead as long as they are informative and relevant to the students.

Students are then asked to work independently to read the text, answer a set of questions then discuss the topic with others. There are short written tasks included such as creating informative posters or producing a piece of creative writing (just click on the links below).

I’ve found that the students like these tasks as they are linked and it allows them to learn new things without being taught in a didactic method. They can also research further when creating posters and new pieces of text.

HAPPINESS SURVEY POSTERS
ALRIGHT – HAPPINESS SURVEY TASK TM
ALRIGHT – HAPPINESS SURVEY ANSWERS TM
A WORRIED NATION POSTER
A WORRIED NATION TASK TM
A WORRIED NATION TASK ANSWERS TM

Reading for information – skimming & scanning

10 Jan

READING UNDER A BULB TREE

The purpose of these activities is to get the students to speed up their reading in preparation for final exams and the world of work where time is short.

To start with students are independently asked to look at an article – this can be any article (we used a newspaper article on bullying) and used the task sheet (link below – laminate for future use) to make notes on keywords and overall information in the text. The students then compare what they have found and see if they have come to the same conclusion through discussion in small groups.

After the students have done a few of these article reviews (I asked them to look at 4 different articles separately) they can then move onto reviewing several articles on the same theme and consolidate the information into a few paragraphs on flipchart paper as a group. Students then find it far easier to take notes and summarise texts after this session without feeling the need to write everything down – a good session for at the start of the year.

TEXT REVIEW SUPPORT HANDOUT

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Formats & features – poster task

9 Jan

MAN WITH MAGNIFYING GLASS

This is a good task to get students to understand the importance of layout and what information to include in a poster so that it provides information to the reader and is fit for purpose.

Split students into small groups (ideally 4) and provide each one with a different coloured pen so that you can see who is working and who needs support/prompting.

Provide the students with a variety of posters (at least 3) that they see daily around the school/college/university – these can have a theme or be random posters that are supposed to attract the students (we used equality and diversity posters for this task).

In their groups ask the students to analyse the posters using the prompts (link below) and get them to write their answers on flip chart paper then feedback their findings to the class at the end.

It’s surprising what students identify with and what mistakes designers make when trying to get the attention of the public. The student results are then used as a base for them to produce a poster on a chosen topic without making the same mistakes. I’ve found this method to be very effective as opposed to asking students to design a poster straight away as the quality and appropriateness is far superior after carrying out this activity.

POSTER EVALUATION PROMPTS

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