Thinking Skills Think Outside of the Box Series ~ Quick StartsQuick View

Thinking Skills Think Outside of the Box Series ~ Quick Starts

Product Description Today’s students are the problem-solvers of the future. If they are taught factual knowledge only, they tend to respond with conventionally correct answers rather than exploring creative solutions. All students can learn to think critically and creatively. Students need to be able to judge, analyse and think critically in order to participate fully in a democratic and technological society. This can be achieved if the teacher recognises the value of thinking skills and provides opportunities for the thinking processes to be modelled and developed. This ‘Think Outside of the Box’ series provides teachers with straightforward ideas and activities to help students develop these skills. In this pack you will find 80 quick start task cards – 4 cards per page. I have provided 3 options for printing. These ‘quick starts’ are ideal warm-up activities for the beginning of a lesson. They should be used flexibly and can be used in any order at any time. As these task cards are intended for repeated use, I would suggest laminating them for durability. When to use: (10-15 minutes group/class) • at the beginning of a lesson • during circle time CONTENT • Cover; Teacher Notes • Brainstorm Task Cards x 8 • How Could You? Task Cards x 8 • It Won't Happen Task Cards x 8 • How Do You Do It? Task Cards x 8 • What If? Task Cards x 8 • What's The Same? Task Cards x 8 • How Many Ways? Task Cards x 8 • Recycle Task Cards x 8 • What's The Connection? Task Cards x 8 • Crazy Combinations Task Cards x 4 • Predict The Future Task Cards x 4 • TOU/Credits PAGE COUNT: 101

By teacherstoolkitUK

KS1 Writing Instructions - PizzaQuick View

KS1 Writing Instructions - Pizza

Children loved making pizzas at our Italian pizza class. Resources have been exported from an Activ-primary flip-chart. (Which also includes Italian Pizzeria style music.) Fun to play when the children are making their pizzas or working. If you would like original please message me. Check out my other resources at -

By jreadshaw

Pirates Ahoy! Writing and Literacy TasksQuick View

Pirates Ahoy! Writing and Literacy Tasks

A variety of Literacy Tasks Word mat provides useful words and phrases to support writing tasks. Pirate Character Description Sheet with Writing Prompts and Graphics Island Setting for a pirate adventure with further writing prompts Simple Drawing Tasks Label a Pirate Sentence Strips Mapping Task A great additional resource for a pirates topic. I would be delighted to receive feedback.

By Alice K

Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATEQuick View

Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

A bumper set of resources initially used in the year 4 topic of: Creating Images with Poetry, Similes and Metaphors. Due to the popularity of this resource I have included a Powerpoint I used for a very successful observation lesson by Ofsted involving describing a beach setting with similes and metaphors. I recently adapted this in this for a year 6 class I took. There is also quite a few poems I have written using Similes and Metaphors in them to create images and a few more resources too including a soothing soundtrack and background to play on your IW on loop. I have continually updated this resource due to its popularity and quality. Please check my other resources out here...

By dave_orritt

Postcard planning and writing frameQuick View

Postcard planning and writing frame

Differentiated for different abilities. Used with the train ride story but could easily be adapted for any story, or to recount a visit or holiday.

By KWorth

Teacher Excel MarkbookQuick View

Teacher Excel Markbook

This excel spreadsheet can be used to record student's grades. Using a 1-10 system you can record their marks and it will automatically average the grade. If you enter J, K or L in capitals (which is converted into a smiley face) in the effort column it will also average their effort grade. This provides formative feedback and allows progress to be monitored. This is a concept and could easily be adapted for specific use, i.e. Assessment without levels, BTEC etc.

By InformingEducation



This resource has been created to be used as a GENTLE Key Stage 2 Reading Practice TEST. Its purpose is to increase pupils’ confidence and help prepare them for the Reading Test by offering a Test Booklet that has been designed to resemble the National Curriculum tests. Pupils will become familiar with the layout and requirements of the tests but without the ‘pressure’ associated by formal testing. The three texts are; ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ by Edward Lear. A non-fiction text; ‘Barn Owls’ and ‘Macavity, the Mystery Cat’ by T.S. Eliot. Pupils enjoy working through these classic and interesting texts, sometimes seeing them from new and surprising perspectives. A completed test booklet has also been included so pupils can ‘mark’ their own work - this saves teacher’s precious ‘marking time’ and also allows for discussion of answers. This resource is also a handy ‘pick-up and go’ resource when things become hectic in class.

By crigdon

Greek Myths: Echo and NarcissusQuick View

Greek Myths: Echo and Narcissus

This interesting and highly-stimulating lesson enables students to gain a clear and understanding of the key meanings in the Greek Myth ‘Echo and Narcissus.’ Through engagement with the story, students learn to interpret and infer the key meanings in the text, understand its predominant morals, and back up their ideas with textual evidence. The lesson follows a clear, logical, bite-size learning journey, which guides students towards differentiated learning objectives. Over the course of this journey, they become able to: - Define the key term 'moral' and identify the morals in popular tales; - Read the story 'Echo and Narcissus' and interpret the key meanings; - Identify, explain, and analyse the moral of the story in 'Echo and Narcissus'; - Engage deeply with the text by inferring the thoughts and feelings of the key characters; - Test their understanding of the story by answering an exam-style comprehension question. -Peer assess each other's learning attempts. This resource pack includes: - A visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;; - Paper copies and online links to the extract needed for the lesson (end section of Act Two); - Greek Myths Definitions Cards; - Greek Myths worksheet (including answer sheet for teachers); - A logically scaffolded essay template; - A detailed lesson plan, complete with what the teacher and students should aim to achieve at each stage of the lesson. All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the PowerPoint.

By TandLGuru

New Zealand Sight Words – Feed the Cookie MonsterQuick View

New Zealand Sight Words – Feed the Cookie Monster

A super-fun hands-on activity for your students learning their sight words at the Magenta to Orange levels of the NZ colour wheel. Laminate the Cookie Monster and cut a hole in its mouth. Students read the sight word on the cookie and feed it to the Cookie Monster. I suggest attaching the Cookie Monster to something like an ice-cream container so that it stands upright by itself and so the cookies all fall into something. Each cookie has a sight word written on it. The colour of the icing indicates the level of the sight word. There are 6 cookies on each A4 page. An alternative activity using the cookies is to take the cookies on/off a cookie tray using a kitchen spatula or a pair of tongs. This is great for developing find motor skills. A cookie tray template is provided but you will need to provide your own spatula/tongs. You may like to consider doing an art activity with your students where they make their own Cookie Monster to use with their sight words. This is a great way to personalise the activity. Included: ♦ Teacher notes ♦ 2 Cookie Monsters (A4 size) ♦ 2 cookie tray templates ♦ Cookies – Magenta, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange ♦ Blank Templates (cookies) – for you to add additional words if necessary. ♦ Cookies with line underneath the word (Magenta, Red and Yellow levels only) The font used is ‘NZ Basic Script’. The letter/number shapes are the same as those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook – ‘Teaching Handwriting’. Words Used: Magenta: I like going is mum look the am said to at went in me here my on dad a and come up can sat for Red: we get put with go no they today was where you she he this are will as too not but likes down big it little see so looked Yellow: when came one it’s make an all back day into oh out play ran do take that then there him saw his got looking of yes mother from her baby father Blue: have help here’s home let need again laugh soon talked could had find end making under very were your walk girl about don’t last what now goes because next than fun bag coming did or cake run Green: always good walked know please them use want feel just left best house old their right over love still took thank you school much brother sister round another myself new some asked called made people children away water how Mrs if I’m Mr who didn’t can’t after our time most Orange: man think long things wanted eat everyone two thought dog well more I’ll tree shouted us other food through way been stop must red door sea these began boy animals never work first lots that’s gave something bed may found live say night small three head town I’ve around every garden fast only many laughed let’s suddenly told word forgot better bring push © Suzanne Welch

By swelch_resources

Greeting CardsQuick View

Greeting Cards

An 8 page handout for students with activities/ Assessment and Marking Criteria. The resource focuses on Greeting cards - types / messages / predicting type / matching activity and student card production. Students are led through a series of activities that prepares them for designing their own cards and messages. Was used with a year 4/5 class , would be suitable for Upper Primary and could be used for a remedial Junior High school class. This could also be suitable for ESL students. Students had a lot of fun.

By teen91113

Drawing Solutions / Finding Facts: Primary Thinking SkillsQuick View

Drawing Solutions / Finding Facts: Primary Thinking Skills

Teach the thinking process! Experts agree that when “thinking power” is improved, reading, comprehension, problem-solving, and writing abilities will follow suit. The 25, highly visual lessons in this unit utilize art, calendars, advertisements, signs, and more from which students draw solutions. (A playground is pictured. “Draw a red line to show one way to go from the swings to the pond.”) Finding facts are also covered. (A May calendar is shown. “What is the number of the first Monday?”)The inclusion of creative illustrations greatly assists the learning process. The easy-to-use activities are sure to improve critical thinking skills.

By RemediaPub

Beast of Bodmin Moor Exam Question LessonQuick View

Beast of Bodmin Moor Exam Question Lesson

Beast of Bodmin Moor Exam Question Lesson Here is a very simple and straight-forward lesson based on the legend of the Beast of Bodmin Moor. Simply download and teach. No fancy stuff. Lesson Power Point contains: • Starter • Video clip • Newspaper article on the ‘Beast of Bodmin Moor’ • Questions and answers • Student opinion piece on what they thing about the myth For a full investigation lesson on the ‘Beast of Bodmin Moor’ see here: Or look out for any bundle pack of these lessons. Visit my page for more great lessons and resources: (Credits: see resource material)

By EngageinEnglish

Quiz of 2016 – Perfect New Year ReflectionQuick View

Quiz of 2016 – Perfect New Year Reflection

Quiz of 2016 – Perfect New Year Reflection A fantastic quiz looking back at the highs and lows of 2016. Attractive, 53 Power Point featuring the following rounds: * Round 1 – Name the Month * Round 2 – In Memoriam * Round 3 – Famous Quotes of 2016 * Round 4 – Facts and Stats Also features, bonus, double bonus and trap rounds where you can lose as well as gain more points! The answer slides feature a fly-in answer to help build up more suspense and tension. Ideal for form time fun or fun plenary activities for any lesson. Quiz length approximately 25-30 minutes lesson time. For a great intro lesson on New Year 2017 see here: For more great resources and full lessons visit my shop page here: (Credits: copy right free images used. Text by

By EngageinEnglish

The Island – Survival Diary LessonQuick View

The Island – Survival Diary Lesson

The Island – Survival Diary Lesson Action-packed desert island survival lesson. Full lesson Power Point is recommended for two lessons and includes: * Attractive title pages throughout * Word list starter activity * Scenario page * Lesson Objectives * Discussion prompts * Writing prompts * Map drawing activity Excellent value, engaging lesson that students of all ages will enjoy! For more great resources and full lessons visit my shop page here: (Credits: copyright free images used.)

By EngageinEnglish

Using Logic & Reason: Primary Thinking SkillsQuick View

Using Logic & Reason: Primary Thinking Skills

Experts agree that when “thinking power” is improved, reading, comprehension, problem-solving, and writing abilities will follow suit.The 26, highly visual lessons in this unit utilize a variety of activities to teach logic. (Read the clues and write down what Buster does on each day of the week listed. “Buster has a soccer game on Thursday. He has swim lessons 3 days before soccer…..”)Of course, reason is also covered. (“Mom asked Jill to stir the soup so it would not burn. What does Jill need to get?)The inclusion of creative illustrations greatly assists the learning process. The easy-to-use activities are sure to improve critical thinking skills.

By RemediaPub

Primary Thinking Skills {Bundle}Quick View

Primary Thinking Skills {Bundle}

Experts agree that an improvement in thinking power leads to an improvement in reading comprehension, problem-solving ability, writing skills, and more! So give your students the tools they need to help them in the coming years with these clever activities that guide young students from simple, concrete activities to abstract levels of thinking.

By RemediaPub

The Haunting Horror Story Creative WritingQuick View

The Haunting Horror Story Creative Writing

The Haunting Horror Story Creative Writing A group of friends find themselves trapped in an old hotel, only to suffer strange lucid dreams and terrifying nightly visitations. Will they escape or go insane? And what is the significance of the black rose? Visually attractive, creative horror story lesson complete with all resources needed for a fun engaging lesson or series of lessons. (At least two lessons will be required to complete the story.) Power point includes: * Attractive title page. * Story scenario – dramatic scenario (as above). * Complete lesson objectives and outcomes * Character cards page (with example, included) where students complete their own characters on special cards (resources included at the back of the Power Point.) * Planning sheet giving students a structured method in which to write an effective story (included at the back of the Power Point.) * A review prompt to discuss writing so far. * A review peer-assessment prompt which should set students up to continue the story next lesson. A simple but fun and engaging lesson! Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources: (Credits: Donney Nunley, Circus Tricks, Emo Attitude, Haunted Boy, Deviant art.)

By EngageinEnglish

Likenesses & Differences: Primary Thinking SkillsQuick View

Likenesses & Differences: Primary Thinking Skills

Structured practice in visual discrimination and perception! The 25 lessons in this unit take children a step beyond simply differentiating between “like” and “different” objects by requiring them to specify HOW two objects are similar and different. This extra step helps children begin to recognize and put into words the characteristics they observe.Visual clues are used for students to compare.Example: An image of a calendar and a drawing of a clock are shown. “How are these alike? How are they different?”

By RemediaPub