Tag Archives: Extension

Resource bundle linked to the Red Cross

14 May


This is a treasure trove of lessons from the Red Cross that covers current affairs and events to encourage and utilise higher order thinking skills including dilemmas. The tasks include speaking, listening, reading and writing and can be adapted for a variety of topics.

See on the link below for the list of lessons and all the resources and planning materials.

Source: http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Teaching-resources/Lesson-plans
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Dictionary quiz

22 Apr


This task can be adapted to any subject or topic and can be used as a starter, main topic research or extension activity. Give the student/s the list of words, you can tailor them to your topic, then get them to look in the dictionary and find the meaning. This task tests reading, research skills, writing and problem solving all in one task.

An additional adaptation of the task can be to produce a list of words and their meanings then chop them up and get the learners to match them together, this works particularly well for revision and images can be added to further extend the learning.


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Starter of the week – How do I communicate?

21 Apr


This is a nice little starter that gets students thinking about how and who they talk to during their day. As the students come in give out the mini task slip HOW DO I COMMUNICATE and get them to think about and discuss who they have spoken to that day, what they spoke about and how they spoke.

This task really gets the students thinking as it’s suprising just how many people they have spoken to and acts as a foundation for discussing formal and informal speaking and listening. I have extended this activity for students by giving them a large piece of flip chart paper and felt tips then asked them to draw a road/path from one end to another. On the road/path they have indicated who they have talked to and what about through drawings then presented their work to the class.

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Types of writing

18 Apr


A brilliant poster from Enokson http://www.flickr.com/photos/vblibrary/ which could be used as a card match activity by chopping up the 4 types and giving students a variety of texts to read and let them decide which type of writing it is. The cards could also be used as an extension activity for students to write a small piece in the type of writing that they have been given.

Source: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/03/3-great-posters-for-teaching-writing.html

Speaking and listening activity

7 Apr


This activity is a good warm up for speaking and listening and could be used as an ice breaker or extension during assessments for verbal communication. An additional element at higher levels can be to get the students to plan what they’re going to include by using written plans such as mind maps and spider diagrams.

Included below are a list of topics to use, change them accordingly to fit your subject if you wish. Print off several sets and chop up, then put into envelopes for students to dip into and select topics. Students can either select a topic each and chat in groups or select one topic per group and discuss that topic. The topics included below are informal but they can easily be changed to formal topics such as celebrities as role models and will world hunger ever be irradiated for example.


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Features Task for Reading, Writing and Research

6 Apr


This activity can be used as an extension task or follow on task after looking at features of articles in different types of formats such as magazines, newspapers and websites. There are good opportunities for equality and diversity here as publications that students would not normally read can be used to inform and challenge students as they carry out the task.

The students enjoy this guided research task where they look at different formats and then research to locate the answers on the task sheet. The task is very easy to differentiate as you can change the material that is given to the student to fit their ability and needs and the student can also work with others or alone. At the end of the activity the students then discuss and table present what they’ve found which encourages speaking in front of others and appropriate behaviour when others are speaking. The task sheet is included below.


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Starter of the week – A to Z game

1 Apr


Simple task to either use as a starter or use in the middle of a session to break it up and give the learners respite from what they’re doing.

Just write the alphabet A – Z on the board and then ask the learners in small groups to write down particular items or things beginning with the corresponding letter on paper. You can theme it, as I did at Christmas and for occupations, or just use random topics and questions. The ones with the most correct answers at the end are the winners, just make sure you have a list of answers for what the students are being asked. You can also give each student a letter as they come in the door and ask them to think of a particular item that begins with that letter to get them engaged straight away. See short examples below:

A Artist
B Builder
C Chef
D Dancer
E Electrician
F Financial Advisor
G Gardener
H Helicopter Pilot

General Knowledge
A name a dog – Alsatian, Akita
B name a bird – Budgerigar, Blackbird
C name a flower – Carnation, Crocus
D name a food – Doughnuts, Danish Pastry
E girl’s name – Ebony, Edith, Eve
F name a country – Finland, France
G boy’s name – Graham, Gordon
H item of clothing – Hat, Hoodie