What's Hot?

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If this week's top 10 downloads from TES Connect are anything to go by, students should expect fantasy, intrigue and conspiracy in the next few weeks. They'll also get to work finding synonyms, which we're sure will be just as hotly anticipated .

1. Rated reading

What is it? Checklists of assessment criteria to record students' progress in reading

Who is it for? 5-11s

Why is it hot? These easy-to-use, descriptive sheets are separated by sub- levels.


2. Witching hours

What is it? Planning and resources for four lessons on 17th-century witch hunts

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? This comprehensive resource pack includes guided lesson plans, informative PowerPoints and interesting activities.


3. Le Docteur, c'est qui?

What is it? A French test where students must match questions and answers from an interview with the new Doctor Who

Who is it for? 14-16s

Why is it hot? It's an unusual and entertaining activity with follow-up comprehension tasks.


4. Mindboggling maths

What is it? A collection of 31 different maths questions

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? Students will be motivated to use investigative skills to solve these problems, which are ideal lesson starters.


5. Thinking fun

What is it? Forty-nine ideas for how to get students thinking

Who is it for? 5-11s

Why is it hot? A great morning activity for testing imagination and communication skills.


6. Famous finances

What is it? A PowerPoint revealing who earns what. Beyonce (pictured, above) is one of the featured celebrities

Who is it for? 11-16s

Why is it hot? A cross-curricular resource that can be adapted for differentiated activities.


7. Staging success

What is it? Worksheets, handouts and a PowerPoint about stage management

Who is it for? 16-18s

Why is it hot? Well-presented summaries of key aspects of life in the theatre.


8. The unmentionables

What is it? A lesson on censorship including a PowerPoint presentation and other supporting resources

Who is it for? 11-14s

Why is it hot? Vivid examples of censorship are brought to life by creative activities.


9. Seeking synonyms

What is it? Sixty synonym cards for matching and grouping

Who is it for? 11-14s

Why is it hot? It's an effective way to develop vocabulary.


10. Water world

What is it? Resources for a teaching unit on rivers

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? Clearly planned objectives and activities are supported with pictures, worksheets and a presentation.


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