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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