Tag Archives: Extension

Top ten – descriptive and informative writing

13 Sep


This task has a variety of uses and asks students to write down their top tens of listed items. It has been differentiated for my learners by giving word counts for the different levels. For those that have difficulties with writing or young students, images could be used instead.

I have found that the students enjoy this task as a starter, extension or fun break up task in between learning and they also enjoy discussing what they have selected.

Click on the link for access to this resource.


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Reading extension tasks

12 Jan


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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Generic engaging and fun activities/tasks

7 Jan


In this free ebook from http://www.behaviourneeds.com there are an abundance of tasks and activities that encourage students to work collaboratively in order to develop employment skills such as teamwork and professionalism.

There are starters, extension tasks and energisers for when the learning has dulled and the activities can be adapted for any age group or context. Please click on the link below to access the ebook and scroll through the first few pages.


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Mini reading task – Infographic on gadget ownership

18 Sep


This infograph from Comet on gadget ownership has been adapted for my students to test their reading skills at Entry Level.  Often Entry Level students find it difficult to concentrate on chunks of text so infographics offer a fantastic alternative and always grabs attention.

Students can start by discussing what gadgets they own and compare it to the tutor/teacher or they can discuss it at the end.  The versatility of this resource means that there’s discussion, reading, writing and the opportunity for the class to carry out their own research into ownership then present their findings in a visual format.

Just download the questions and answers below and thanks to Comet for the resource.



Wikipedia writing task

19 Aug


This great activity encourages writing through the use of recognisable social media courtesy of Luke Meddings on BBC Teaching English (extract below).

This is an activity ‘about’ the internet, but it doesn’t start online. In fact it has to start offline: the idea is that students try and predict the first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry for their town, region or country.

Before the lesson, make sure there is a Wikipedia entry in English for the place you’re going to talk about. During the lesson, access to the internet in class is useful, though not essential; you could use print outs at the comparison stage.

Ask students to work in pairs or groups. What facts would they include? What are the important things to say it? One way to do an activity like this is to start with students working on their own, then ask them to compare with a partner and agree a shared text, then get into small groups and make a further draft. They can share these drafts before the next stage.
If you can go online, do it now. Invite the learners to compare their own entries with the actual Wikipedia entry. What similarities and/or differences do they notice? What language features do they recognise in the ‘official’ text? What are the organising principles behind the Wikipedia entries?
If you like, you can add an element of competition by awarding a point for everything they correctly predict.

Change the task to focus on different Wikipedia entries. In each case the task is the same, to predict and compare their paragraph with the real thing. For example:
a favourite singer
an actor
a sportsman or football team
a character in a film or story

Ask them to write an ‘imaginary’ Wikipedia entry. These can’t be compared with a real one, but can be displayed around the class or shared on a blog. Here are some ideas for an imaginary Wikipedia entry:
my family
someone they know and admire (this could be someone in their family, or a friend)
me at the age of 50 – all the things I’ve achieved

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Source: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/my-wikipedia

Choice boards for extension and differentiation

8 Aug


A great selection of choice boards for guidance on planning for different learning styles and also for extension activities that the students can self select.

Click on the link below to access a variety of choice boards for various subjects and topics.

Source: http://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com/Choice+Boards

Prompts to stimulate planning and writing

21 May


After seeing this visual on how soda impacts on your body it gave me an idea for providing frames for students to research and input information.

Just select an image outline that represents your topic and divide it up into the amount of sections that you want students to research. Students can then either research and fill the information in electronically or handwrite it in on a handout. The finished task will make excellent posters and I know students will be more eager to fill in this type of template than making notes on a blank sheet of paper. Students could always try to create an infographic from their information using a program such as http://www.easel.ly/ as a stretch and challenge task.

Image: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24552939&nid=1010&title=this-is-what-happens-when-you-drink-soda&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-5