Tag Archives: Assessment

Prompts for reflections

2 May

THOUGHT FLIGHT

This is a nice little reflective activity for students from http://www.lauracandler.com which could easily be adapted to cover thoughts on topics/subjects or end of year.

They would also make a nice welcoming display for the new students at the start of the academic year.

CLOUD REFLECTION TASK SHEET

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Effective Q & A poster

20 Sep

Q & A

A great poster from Rebecca Alber at http://www.eductopia.org to support teachers and students in effective questioning for assessment. This poster directs students to consider higher order thinking skills and moves beyond static questioning for assessment – a handy reference tool.

Source: http://bit.ly/1tLSVQE

Haunted house descriptive writing task

17 Sep

HAUNTED HOUSE

This little writing task has been adapted from http://www.teachit.co.uk to encourage students to use their imagination in a structured way for final assessments.

Firstly the students are shown an image on the Smartboard and given the task sheet as a starter which encourages them to write down their senses about the haunted house. Students are then asked to write a short piece about the haunted house using the task sheet to support their writing.

This task is excellent for encouraging students to read their stories and can also be used to make a Halloween display in the classroom.

Click on the link below for the resources.

HAUNTED HOUSE PHOTO

HOUSE WRITING TASK

Source: http://www.teachit.co.uk
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Descriptive and creative writing task using images

16 Sep

DOORWAY TO HEAVEN

Another brilliant resource to get students using their imagination through a visual prompt.

Myself and Georgina Hooper collated images and chopped them up into packs so students had a choice of which image to select. Students were asked to select an image that appealed to them and then given the task sheet which directs them to write creatively and descriptively.

The results were amazing, with some great written pieces that could easily have been published as fiction. The students also enjoyed reading out their own stories to others which developed their speaking and listening skills.

Enjoy the task, the instructions and images are available below.

IMAGES FOR WRITING TASK 2

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT TASK IMAGE

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Creative and descriptive writing task

14 Sep

CURLY PENCIL

This mini assessment task encourages students to write creatively and descriptively through visualisation – based on their own memories.

Students can really get their teeth into this task if the teacher leads the task step by step, giving examples along the way of their own memory on the board. As you go along the students’ interest is gained by the words you are writing on the board as you won’t have told the students what the memory is.

Students then realise after the task completion that it is not as difficult as they thought to write using these prompts for future assessments plus they enjoy reading their stories to each other about their memory.

Click below for the task adapted from http://www.teachit.co.uk

REVISION 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.

Source:http://bit.ly/1ktpIcO

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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