What's hot?

7th March 2014 at 00:00
From the building blocks of words and sentences to the nuances of crime writing and the subtlety of effective questioning, this week's pick of the resources available on TES Connect will help students to get to grips with the English language

1 Risky questions

What is it? Guidance documents to facilitate effective questioning in the classroom

Who is it for? 5-11s

Why is it hot? Encourages children to take risks and not settle for easy solutions.


2 Science starter

What is it? An activity that introduces the categorisation of objects by the materials they are made from

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? Colourful and uncluttered images provide ideal raw materials for a memorable lesson.


3 Phonics fun

What is it? Phonics flash cards

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? Playful cards use amusing images and evocative rhymes (such as "poo at the zoo" and "blow the snow") to capture children's attention.


4 Words to hand

What is it? A set of word cards with a choice of synonyms on the reverse

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? They are designed to be laminated and can be made into key rings.


5 Volley good

What is it? A poster to help students referee a game of volleyball

Who is it for? 11-13s

Why is it hot? Keeps things simple by focusing on the essentials of the sport.


6 Peak practice

What is it? A comprehensive PowerPoint presentation that explores non-fiction writing and uses mountains as a source of inspiration

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? Refers to a wide variety of forms of writing, including: persuasive letters, newspaper articles, diary entries, explanations, non-chronological reports, advertising and biography.


7 Energy think

What is it? A learning grid about energy transfers

Who is it for? 11-13s

Why is it hot? Packs 36 questions and images into little more than an A4 page.


8 Crooks in books

What is it? An introductory lesson on the conventions of crime fiction, pitched at lower-ability students

Who is it for? 11-13s

Why is it hot? The activity creates excitement by inviting students into the inner circle of the Detection Club, formed in 1930 by crime writers who swore never to rely on "mumbo jumbo, jiggery-pokery, coincidence or an act of God".


9 Everyday verbs

What is it? Four worksheets that list 100 common English verbs, aimed at non-native speakers

Who is it for? 11-16s

Why is it hot? Matching words to images adds spark to the potentially mundane task of learning essential vocabulary.


10 Caring for children

What is it? Nine lessons on how to protect children from exploitation and abuse

Who is it for? 16-18s

Why is it hot? Detailed and packed with information, the lessons develop students' understanding of safeguarding through various creative tasks.


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