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Exam question technique sheet
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Exam question technique sheet

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The main aim is… This is an exam question answer planning tool. It was developed for lower ability students; to help them form an answer to a long exam question and to practise their exam technique. It is intended to help students see they do have the necessary understanding, but also answer the question correctly to achieve the higher marks. Key ideas and content… The students tackle an exam question in steps. The idea is the students have everything they need on the sheet in front of them, to help focus lower ability students and coach them in answering longer exam questions. Students can apply the same process to an actual exam. Students can develop their exam question technique (application of key terms, use of connectives, structure etc.) to access the higher marks. To differentiate… Work through the steps as a class, then allow the students to answer the actual question. If using a structure – give time for teach section (a minute per mark?). Before photocopying, provide subheadings to help students structure their answer. Several colour coded versions have been included to enable carousel activities / differentiated activities / group work etc. To extend… Higher ability students could write their own mark scheme for the question on the back. Attach SPaG marks. Use the sheet with the ‘structure’ box instead of the thought bubble. The students will have to draw the horizontal lines depending on the structure / number of paragraphs. Higher ability students could plan their answer on the lined graphic, and then write their actual answer on lined paper / on the back. To assess… Can be assessed by the teacher against the mark scheme. Provide students with a mark scheme and allow them to assess/see where the marks come from.
Geography - Meanders and oxbow lakes activity
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Geography - Meanders and oxbow lakes activity

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Ideal for KS3 and KS4. Could be used to teach or consolidate. Six tiles are jumbled up on the sheet - the students need to cut these out and arrange them in the correct sequence. The next task is to write a description underneath each tile - there is a word-box to help the students explain each stage. Prior knowledge / understanding will be needed to complete. Could be used as a mystery – see if students can work out why the oxbow lake formed before you explain. Two version are included; one in colour and one in outline black & white. Every review we've had for a premium resource has been 5/5* (As of February 21st 2017)
Christmas themed newspaper articles
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Christmas themed newspaper articles

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- 11 Christmas themed newspaper templates with headlines and planning sheets - Includes a blank templates for students to create their own - Perfect for end of year Festive fun - Create a literacy link to any Christmas topic - Great display work
Geography - Skills - Describing Places
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Geography - Skills - Describing Places

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A big lesson with lots of opportunity for differentiation and engagement, as well as paired or group work. Basically, students learn how to describe places, and then apply this skill. It would work well as a skills building lesson in KS3, or as an end of term type lesson with either KS3 or KS4. There are differentiated resources for lower and higher, and a number of ways in which the activities could be undertaken (which are in the lesson plan). There are teacher notes and a lesson plan. The activities are clear, and there are Superstar extension activities. --- The main aim is… This is a big lesson which could be used as an end of term activity, or as a skills building lesson. Students either learn or develop their geographical terminology and then apply / demonstrate using photos of actual places. Key ideas and content… We can describe places using geographical language. It is more effective to use the correct key terms and descriptive language. To differentiate… Pass the sheets round on a timer, with the challenge of either adding more key terms or improving existing ones. Stick the sheets on the wall around the room, give each student a different key term to look for. Students go round the room. Insist on certain terms being applied. To extend… Insist on a description of features which aren’t necessarily visible. Students find their own photos and analyse them. Peer assessment. There are some tricky terms in the key terms activity, use to stretch students. To assess… Discussion points. The work produced. Peer assessment opportunity.
Geography - Living in squatter settlement - Activity sheets
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Geography - Living in squatter settlement - Activity sheets

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Two activity sheets intended to be used as part of a lesson. The theme of the lesson should be along the lines of ‘Life in a squatter settlement’, and could be taught with KS3 or KS4 students. Resource 1: the effects on peoples lives The main aim is for students to appreciate how the conditions / characteristics of a squatter settlement affect people’s lives. The task is for students to complete the sheet in a few different ways. There are nine problems / effects associated with living in a squatter settlement. For each effect, they must list the associated problems, and for several, also draw the problem. Ask the students the question – how would this affect your life if you lived there? There will be some repetition. There are three blank cards as well, these are intended for higher ability students, or for the teacher to edit so as to include a problem which may be appropriate to the theme of their teaching. Higher ability students can cut the cards out afterwards and glue them in their exercise books – this is an opportunity to identify links between the problems. There are several, and the whole activity is very open ended. Students could also sort their ideas into social, political and economic – they could use three different colours and a key to show this. There are some answers on the next sheet, although there are many more. Resource 2: the informal economy of a squatter settlement The main aim is for students to appreciate how people can earn money within a squatter settlement. The focus should be on how the work is informal and doesn’t contribute to the tax base / official figures. This kind of work can be contained within a squatter settlement, but not necessarily so. This is an opportunity to draw a strong link to rural-urban migration; how the residents are often uneducated and unskilled, but wanting and needing to work. The task is simple, for each form of employment, the student must draw an appropriate illustration. Model for lower ability, ask higher ability to include speech bubbles, or some form of written communication. Use as an opportunity to clear up any misunderstanding about what each term means. All reviews for our paid resources have been 5/5* (as of March 19th 2017)
River landforms - waterfall sequencing
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River landforms - waterfall sequencing

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Sequencing activity: River landforms - waterfalls This is suited to KS3 but does work with KS4 - you'll need to add more detail (processes of erosion etc.). There are four slides to help the teacher explain the processes involved and introduce the keywords. The activity sheet requires students to complete three activities. 1. Cut out and arrange the tiles. 2. Add the labels from the sheet. 3. Add the descriptions from the sheet. There is also an animated consolidation slide to allow teacher/students to check accuracy. For higher ability - ask the students to underline the key terms, add more key terms and write their own descriptions. Two version of the sheet are included; one in colour and one in outline black & white. Every review we've received for a premium resource has been 5/5* (As of February 20th 2017)
Geography - The Africa Challenge
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Geography - The Africa Challenge

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Ideal for KS3, but could be used with KS4. Introduce the continent of Africa and develop their spatial awareness of this massive continent. These activities will help students develop their understanding about Africa as a continent of many countries. The main activity is a challenge, where students use clues to work out where African countries are – not as easy as it seems! There are also several extension questions which require students to use geographical language. Ideal as an individual, paired or group activity. Competitive element. Develops spatial awareness and geographical language skills. As of the 16th February, all of our premium resources have received a 5/5* review.
Geography - What is Geography?
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Geography - What is Geography?

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An introduction to the subject – whole lesson. There are a range of activities which will show progress and develop vocabulary throughout the lesson. The main aim is… An introduction to the subject of geography. To appreciate there are lots of topics within geography. Key ideas and content… Place is the main theme, and ties the subject together. We study both the natural and the man made. There are links and connections between the different topic areas. To differentiate… See lesson plan – red for lower and green for higher. The acrostics could be used instead of the literacy activity. Students could add to the word box as a pair or table. To extend… See lesson plan. Students could research other topic areas and create their own activity. This is intended as an introductory lesson – other activities could easily be included to further develop understanding. To assess… Use the literacy activity. www.acornteachingresource.com All reviews for our premium resources have been 5/5* (as of 3rd March 2017)
Tricky Word Bundle
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Tricky Word Bundle

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A range of resources to teach the reading and spelling of tricky words (DfES Letters and Sounds Programme). * animated bingo game * colourful display bricks * colour coded display bricks (by phase) * word mat * tricky word tracker
Features of squatter settlements - differentiated activities
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Features of squatter settlements - differentiated activities

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Two differentiated activities to include as part of your teaching of squatter settlements. A photo analysis activity Develop understanding of squatter settlements Practise photo annotation skills A table activity to extend understanding Make links to living conditions and effects on the lives of people living in squatter settlements. Activity planning guide Teacher notes
Geography - The Water Cycle
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Geography - The Water Cycle

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A whole lesson intended to teach students the processes within, and the stages of, the water cycle. Includes varied activities, differentiated worksheets and animated diagrams. Lesson plan, teacher notes and a homework also included. The main aim is… To understand the processes of the water cycle To understand where and why these processes are taking place To understand the sequence / stages of the water cycle Key ideas and content… Evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation, surface run-off The water cycle is continuous To differentiate… See lesson plan / use the varied worksheets Get the students up in groups to talk through the water cycle using the PowerPoint animation – before moving on to the diagram activities Students can act (see lesson plan – alternative activities) To extend… Set the summary activity as homework / or the research activity for higher ability groups To assess… Students could act out the stages – choose at random for higher ability. Use the summary activity as a piece of work to assess understanding. Every review we've received for a premium resource has been 5/5* (As of February 20th 2017)
Letters to Santa - English lesson - Christmas writing activities
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Letters to Santa - English lesson - Christmas writing activities

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Letters to Santa - English lesson - Christmas writing activities A Christmas themed letter writing activity, with three different themed letters to write to Santa Claus himself. There are three letters, each with a different word mat and extension. There are a number of letter writing templates for the pupils to write their final draft on. Fully resourced, visually attractive and ready to teach. Ideal for fun end of term lessons / teach key skills from the curriculum.
English - Poetry - Spring Senses Poetry - Whole lesson
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English - Poetry - Spring Senses Poetry - Whole lesson

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Another theme from our Senses Poem lessons. Fully resourced and ready to go! Our Autumn Senses poem was featured by the TES in their blog and received a 5* review. All reviews for our paid products have been 5/5 (As of February 22nd 2017). A whole lesson to support students in planning and composing their own Spring senses poem. Differentiated resources and a range of activities to support all learners. This is a large lesson and could be taught over several sessions. The end result can be used for display work. Whole lesson: Starter including example poem Differentiated writing frames Shared writing activity Peer feedback opportunity Teacher notes / lesson plan Poetic devices explainers / practise Photo stimuli Display frames Created by Acorn Teaching Resources - www.acornteachingresources.com
AQA Geography A - The Restless Earth - Revision Sheet
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AQA Geography A - The Restless Earth - Revision Sheet

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Double sided A3 revision sheet built around the AQA Geography A Restless Earth module. The sheet is structured around the Key Ideas, and has a range of activities. Essentially, they're just populating the sheet as a revision tool Does require exercise books / internet / textbooks. Ideal as module revision, exam revision or lesson cover.
KS3 Geography - Settlement - Brownfield and greenfield sites
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KS3 Geography - Settlement - Brownfield and greenfield sites

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KS3 Geography - Settlement - Brownfield and greenfield sites A whole lesson which will teach students the difference between a greenfield site, and a brownfield site. Whole lesson: Varied activities Visual starter Lesson plan Teacher notes Homework Lesson evaluation Differentiated resources – all included Assessment points
Geography - Natural Hazards - How tsunamis occur
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Geography - Natural Hazards - How tsunamis occur

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Resource 1: Drawing activity to use when teaching the causes of tsunamis. Resource 2: Differentiated activity sheet to include as part of teaching how tsunamis are caused, and how they develop. The end result is a colourful and sequenced diagram. All of our premium teaching resources have received a 5/5 star review (As of 22nd January 2017) www.acornteachingresources.com