Show me the answer!Using mini-whiteboards, true/false cards, handsignals, different coloured cards etc. pupilsmust show you the answer to a series ofquestionsAnswer!Good for revisingdefinitions.
Create a SongAsk the students to take the tune to a well-known song and re-write the lyrics to helpremember the key facts they need toremember for a topic. Great for homeworkor as a collaborative task.
QuizzesRather than 20 dull questions on a knowledgetest, turn it into a PowerPoint with supportinganswer sheetInclude a picture round, sequencing tasks,which is the odd one out, linking words todefinitions etc…Use images and humour to boost engagement.Include a range of questions – basic ones tobuild confidence and really tough lateral thinkingstyle tasks to challenge knowledge, skills andunderstanding.
Pictionarye.g. Give students concepts/ideas/things todraw whilst others have to guess what theyareCan divide group intoteams to make itcompetitiveAlternative – short list ofconcepts/ideas andstudents have to draw inbooks or on mini-whiteboard andthen feedback theirthinking/explanation.Good to give a quick review ofa topic, before revising in moredepth.
A-ZAsk the students to write out the alphabetand for each letter they must think of aspecific word related to a topic.Give rewards for more precise / technicalfacts or vocabulary.
Pupil as Teachere.g. One (or more?) pupil is the teacher.• They have to summarise the lesson (unit) andquestion the class on what was studied.• Can give different groups different aspects of thetopic.• Can be creative
Instructions for successe.g. Write down the main learningpoints of a topic.If you could only take this piece of paperinto the exam. What would you writeon it?
Splat Put a range of words and numbers on the boardrelating the topic being revised Ask two students to compete to be the first to“splat” the word when you read out the relevantdefinition A good fast paced activity that goes well at theend or start of a lesson and uses competition toincrease engagement Easy to differentiate because you can rewordthe definition depending on which students aretaking part.
TabooStudents have to describe a key wordwithout using that word (it is taboo!).(could do it in teams, pairs, whole-class)
Story-TimeRe-tell today’s lesson/ learning as astory. Ensure you have abeginning, a middle and an end.Develop through genres i.e.FableSci-fiThriller etc.
BlockbustersSet up a Blockbustersstyle grid usingappropriatekey terms/names/placesetc. from thelesson orunitCan I have a‘P’ please BobNohttp://www.teachers-direct.co.uk/resources/quiz-busters/subjects/ks2.aspx
EvaluationTreeAsk students where they feel theyare on the tree in relation to thelesson or topic.Can be used repeatedly toarticulate progress/problems.Could print out on A3/A2 and getstudents to put post-it notes onwith their name.Could give to individuals and askthem to write on where eachaspect of the topic would lie.Good to use before planningwhole class revision, as can use tocreate groups with different focietc.
Carousel questions – works wellwith 6thform or K.S.4 students• Split the class into 8 groups, and have 4 groups on each side of theclassroom.• Have the same questions for each half of the class – so you are only doing4 different pieces of sugar paper times 2.• Stick 2 exam questions onto sugar paper for each group, and put on theirtable.• They have the time it takes for a music track to play – something chilled! –to complete the questions – show on media player so that they know howlong they have left.• When the music has finished the groups move on to the next question (oryou can move the paper if you prefer.)• Play another music track (or part of) - students add to/ correct the answer oftheir new question etc. or justify why it is the correct answer.• Keep going until groups have seen 4 pieces of sugar paper, and thereforeall questions.• Give out the mark schemes for the questions. Group mark the question infront of them and feed back.• CAN SCALE THIS DOWN IF YOU WANT.