What's hot?

8th August 2014 at 01:00
From food technology projects and rebuilding data lost to an elevenses accident to Desmond Tutu's fight against apartheid, this week's pick of resources from TES Connect takes the biscuit

1 EAL of approval

What is it? Vocabulary-building activities for speakers of English as an additional language

Who is it for? 5-12s

Why is it hot? These colourful worksheets are ideal for children who have just arrived in an English-speaking country.


2 Making the biscuit

What is it? An extended food technology project in which children design and make biscuits

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? It includes market research, encouraging children to ask their peers what they look for in baked goods.


3 Apartheid activist

What is it? A presentation for an RE or citizenship lesson, introducing former archbishop Desmond Tutu and discussing his influence during South Africa's era of apartheid

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? It pulls together some of the clergyman's most famous and inspiring quotes.


4 Throw in the vowels

What is it? Activities for practising sounds including "ai", "ou" and "ue"

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? These simple worksheets include attractive cartoons to inject a sense of fun.


5 Part and parcel

What is it? A maths investigation in which children look at the weight and size of parcels

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? It ties into a project on Wind in the Willows but can be adapted easily.


6 Coffee crisis

What is it? A group maths challenge on two-way tables

Who is it for? 11-16s

Why is it hot? Coffee has been spilled over a school computer containing important information - students must help their teacher to reconstruct what has been lost.


7 Darwin days

What is it? A biology lesson on evolution

Who is it for? 14-16s

Why is it hot? It explains both Lamarckian and Darwinian theories of evolutionary change.


8 Perfect pets

What is it? Everything you need for an English lesson on persuasive writing

Who is it for? 12-14s

Why is it hot? Students are assigned a mystery animal - such as a pig, a shark or a snake - and have to convince their peers that it would make the perfect pet.


9 Sacred textiles

What is it? Textiles project booklets for design and technology students

Who is it for? 11-14s

Why is it hot? Exciting challenges include making a hat for a fancy dress shop, a cushion cover for a twin school in Africa and an educational toy for very young children.


10 Core knowledge

What is it? A game to introduce the topic of plate tectonics to geography students

Who is it for? 11-14s

Why is it hot? A lot of information is conveyed in this simple game, in which students must get from the Earth's crust to its core.


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