What's hot?

14th March 2014 at 00:00
An occasional theme of absence runs through this week's pick of the resources available on TES Connect, whether it's taking photos without cameras, writing obituaries or unearthing the hidden meaning in coded messages

1. Honing the Haka

What is it? A unit of work on the Haka

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? This set of lesson plans is easy to follow and includes a step-by-step photo guide to the lyrics and movements of this traditional, ritual Maori dance.

2. A Viking view

What is it? An introductory activity for study of the Vikings

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? An interesting take on a questioning task, which presents key words and prepares students to write factual sentences about what they have learned.

3. Weighty issues

What is it? A set of lessons on comparing weights

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? These activities enable students to recognise how heavy objects are and decide whether to use kilos or grams to measure their weight.

4. Photo finish

What is it? An enquiry task about New Zealand

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? This "photo detective" lesson gets students discovering the country by asking questions about images posted around the classroom.

5. Last writes

What is it? A PowerPoint presentation that introduces obituaries

Who is it for? 7-13s

Why is it hot? Explain how to write a newspaper obituary for a famous person in this lesson, which identifies the structure and features, and uses Walt Disney as an example.

6. Crack the code

What is it? An introduction to cryptography

Who is it for? 11-13s

Why is it hot? Help students to understand codebreaking with a lesson plan, presentation and code-wheel that leads into the history and development of ICT.

7. Ratio relations

What is it? A lesson on calculating ratios of ingredients

Who is it for? 11-13s

Why is it hot? Inspired by Disney film Ratatouille, this engaging presentation asks students to create recipes using knowledge of ratios.

8. Bits of the Bard

What is it? 10 quotes from speeches in Othello

Who is it for? 14-16s

Why is it hot? Students have to put the quotes into the right order, identify the context in which they are used and explain what they signify.

9. Camera-less capture

What is it? A lesson about photography without a camera

Who is it for? 16-18s

Why is it hot? Different techniques are explored with examples, explanations and summaries of how to capture an image without using a camera.

10. Hazard awareness

What is it? An activity about recognising different chemicals and hazard symbols

Who is it for? 14-16s

Why is it hot? Students learn chemical names, then take a quiz that helps them to identify hazard symbols and to learn the differences between acids, alkalis and salts.

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