Starter Ideas

IDEA 1:

Keyword/Concept hunt.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Key words and definitions and their definitions are stuck up around the room. Students are given a set time to find as many key words and definitions as they can.

This could be done as a team activity.

RESOURCES:

Keyword and definitions on cards/paper and blue tack.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.

IDEA 2:

Placemat consensus.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Students in teams of 4 are given an A3 piece of paper which is split into four sections with a fifth rectangle in the centre. Students are then given x minutes to write in silence what they know about a topic in their section of the paper.

After silent independent work, explain to students that using a round robin they have to work out the key information on the said topic. They must only put information in the middle rectangle, if they all agree it is key information. You can put a limit on it, i.e. five key things to remember. Selected students from each team can then feed back their findings.

RESOURCES:

A3 paper.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.

IDEA 3:

Connect 4.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Studends are put into teams of 3. One person is the quizmaster; the other two students are the opponents. The quiz master has a question and answer sheet on a set topic.

A question is asked and the first person to shout out the correct answer is allowed to put a counter in the frame. The first person to get 'Connect 4' wins. The winner then plays the quizmaster.

RESOURCES:

Questions and answers created by the student or teacher.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.

IDEA 4:

Conscience Corridor.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

The class is split into two and the teacher poses a question where opinions and answers can be "for/against" "agree/disagree" (e.g. Macbeth is a villain).

The teacher should tell each group which side is arguing for which (e.g. Left side - argue for. Right side - argue against.) The teacher then walks around the halves of the class posing questions to help spur on a debate between each side.

They MUST argue for the side the teacher has told them.

RESOURCES:

Classroom with some space to walk / easily split into two.Question.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.

IDEA 5:

Mock the Week.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Students are given answers to a question and have to work out what the topic-related question is. For example, a class are starting to study homeostasis. Answer: 37. What is the question? Answers can be peer or self assessed.

RESOURCES:

None, just an answer. The students do all the thinking.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.