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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 - Map skills - Direction
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Geography - Map skills - Direction

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Geography - Map skills - Direction A complete lesson with a range of activities and resources aimed at teaching students how to use direction as a geographical skill. Students will apply the skill in several different ways as well as develop their spatial understanding of Europe. Complete lesson > thoroughly resourced and ready to teach > snappy starter > explainers > SPaG activity > practise questions > varied map activities > peer assessment > summary activity > teacher notes > lesson plan > lesson evaluation > homework The main aim is… For students to learn / apply skills in describing direction. To develop a spatial understanding of Europe. Key ideas and content… There are 8 points to the compass (as far as we’re concerned for today anyway) We use direction to describe location / journeying. Direction can be used by many different people in different situations. To differentiate… Students could take turns doing the countries / cities activities and then swap to help each other. One student in a pair could have the map or atlas and act as an expert. Pair up students when doing the map work. To extend… Use an OS map of the local area, Google Earth, an Atlas or online mapping to explore places. Use the homework template and a local map / online mapping to explore geographical features in the local area (using direction obviously). Certainly use the CYO task and encourage students to think about how they can test understanding / get students to apply map skills beyond simply describing. To assess… The road trip / CYO activity is the main assessment point. Class discussion and the summary activity will also show progress and allow you to assess understanding. www.acornteachingresources.com
Urban issues and challenges - Mumbai (urban challenges - water, sanitiation and energy)
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Urban issues and challenges - Mumbai (urban challenges - water, sanitiation and energy)

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Urban issues and challenges - Mumbai (urban challenges - water, sanitiation and energy) A fully resourced and differentiated lesson teaching students about the challenges in providing adequate access to water, sanitation and energy in Mumbai. Whole lesson > Photo analysis > Discussion prompts > Key ideas > Differentiated activities > Summary activity > Class discussion > Learning evaluation > Card sort activity > Key term starter > Homework > Lesson plan > Teacher notes > Fully resourced > Visually attractive and ready to teach! The main aim is… To explore the challenges in providing water, sanitation and energy in Mumbai (case study) Key ideas and content… There are serious social challenges in providing water, sanitation and energy. Water and sanitation are linked to health and social well being. People living in squatter settlements (because of rapid urbanisation and poverty) are less likely to have adequate access to amenities such as water, sanitation and energy. Mumbai is a good example of a city where people don’t have adequate access to amenities such as water, sanitation and energy. To differentiate… Work through the card sort activity as a class. Students could complete the discussion, linking activity and photo analysis in groups / pairs. Pass the photo analysis around, students improve each other’s work. To extend… Students could form their own sentence starters (and share them). To assess… The photo analysis and the summary activity offer assessment opportunities. Class discussion and evaluation prompts. www.acornteachingresources.com
Urban issues and challenges - Factors affecting the rate of urbanisation
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Urban issues and challenges - Factors affecting the rate of urbanisation

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AQA Geography Urban issues and challenges - Factors affecting the rate of urbanisation A whole lesson (possibly a double) which teaches students how rural-urban migration, and natural increase, is driving rapid urbanisation in LIC’s and NEE’s. There are a range of activities, and varied resources to aid in the teaching. A visual explainer has been included. All resources are ready to go. Whole lesson > Key concept starter > Discussion prompts > Key ideas > Card sort > Photo analysis > Exam style questions > Class discussion > Learning evaluation > Summary activity > Homework > Lesson plan > Teacher notes > Fully resourced > Visually attractive and ready to teach!
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
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 - Reading Atlas Maps
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Geography - Reading Atlas Maps

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*Requires an Atlas* Originally aimed at KS3 but can be used with KS4. Ideal for cover, and getting to know groups. Gives lots of opportunity to talk about physical and human features around the world. A series of activities to get students using the atlas in several different ways. The result is a colourful and informative map of the world. Whole lesson: Several activities > Discussion prompts > Literacy activity > Teacher notes and lesson plan > Differentiated activities > Homework > All resources included > Could be used with KS4 The main aim is… For students to use the atlas in several different ways to efficiently find information. To complete a colourful and informative map of the world. Every review we've had for a premium resource has been 5/5 (as of 2nd February 2017)
Urban issues and challenges - The emergence of megacities
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Urban issues and challenges - The emergence of megacities

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AQA GCSE Geography - Unit 2 Section A - Urban issues and challenges - The emergence of megacities An activity packed and differentiated lesson teaching students about the characteristics of a megacity, their growth and their location. Included is a wide range of resources which can be applied in many ways. Whole lesson > Key concept starter > Discussion prompts > Key ideas > Map/distribution activity > Graph skills > Photo analysis > Exam style questions > Class discussion > Learning evaluation > Summary activity > Homework > Lesson plan > Teacher notes > Fully resourced > Visually attractive and ready to teach! The main aim is… To teach students about the characteristics of a mega city, their location, their growth (and reasons for it) To link to key concepts such as urbanisation and migration. Make it clear ‘world cities’ share many of the same characteristics – it’s the population, the magic number, which makes it a mega city. Statistics and population data vary. For example, Paris has a population a little over 2 million, however, in some figures a wider area is taken into account. Make this clear to the students. The emphasis should really be on the growth (the emergence) of megacities in NEE’s. Key ideas and content… Mega cities have a population of over 10 million people. They have similar characteristics – similar to those of world cities. Their emergence is mostly in Asia and more recently, Africa. There is a pattern! The number of mega cities has grown significantly over the last 50 years. Rural-urban migration and natural increase are driving rapid urbanisation in LIC/NEE’s. To differentiate… Several activities have been differentiated already – use sheets as appropriate. Discuss and model the exam style questions. Allow independent / group thinking time for the discussion. Provide the key terms as a checklist when answering questions. To extend… Students can add information / data to the maps. The data could be presented in different ways. Actual examples can be added to the photo analysis activity. Students could develop their own mark scheme for the exam style questions. To assess… Use the exam style questions as an assessment opportunity. Assess the distribution description to assess distribution questions.
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)
Geography - Natural Hazards - Earthquakes - Mercalli Scale drawing activity
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Geography - Natural Hazards - Earthquakes - Mercalli Scale drawing activity

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A whole lesson which will introduce students to the Mercalli scale, teach them the characteristics of each level and allow them to demonstrate their understanding in several different ways. Whole lesson: Starter/plenary with ‘Hinge’ element to show progress / demonstrate understanding. Photo analysis Group activity Varied individual activities Peer assessment Teacher notes & plan Lesson evaluation The main aim is… For students to create an appropriate drawing for each level of the Mercalli scale, based on the descriptions. For students to learn the main levels of the Mercalli scale. For students to recognise how the scale changes between impacts on humans and impacts on the build environment. To use / apply the Mercalli scale. Key ideas and content… The Mercalli scale has 12 levels. The Mercalli scale measures the effects of an earthquake (and not the strength / energy like the Richter scale). It is based on visual observations, and is split between effects felt by people and effects on the build environment. To differentiate… Help lower ability students by modelling some examples. Underline the key terms in each description, and focus the drawings on these. Encourage the use of thought bubbles and speech bubbles to add more depth and detail to the drawings. Complete the drawing activity first, and then ask more able students to highlight main differences between each level. To extend… Play a Pictionary type game. Give the student a level from the scale which they then draw on the board. The class must then decide which level it is. To assess… Peer assessment included. Check drawings for features unique to each level of the scale. Use the Pictionary type game as a whole class assessment. The photo analysis is intended as a Hinge for the learning, they come back to the original photo analysis and show / demonstrate their learning by filling in the post-it notes.
SEN English - Phonics - Split digraph e_e basketball board game
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SEN English - Phonics - Split digraph e_e basketball board game

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A board game designed to teach the split digraph e_e to older SEN students. The board game appeals to the interests of older students to make it more age appropriate. Used to teach phonics skills to older pupils who have missed key elements of phonics at an earlier age. Board game: Colourful design Age appropriate Two players Assessment element Teacher notes Ideal for interventions
Geography Revision - AQA Geography A - Tourism Revision Sheet / Booklet
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Geography Revision - AQA Geography A - Tourism Revision Sheet / Booklet

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A double sided A3 revision sheet / A4 revision booklet with instruction slides to extend and consolidate learning from the Tourism (AQA Geography A) module. The end result is a concise revision tool. Double sided A3 worksheet or 5 page A4 booklet > Built around the AQA Geography A specification > A range of activities > Does require exercise books / textbooks > Ideal for revision & cover lessons The main aim is… To revise and extend learning from the module by working through a structured revision sheet. The sheet has been built around the outgoing AQA geography A specification. Key ideas and content… The whole module!! Tourism is a case study heavy module, so the revision material has ended up with a lot of tables to simplify the key ideas. To differentiate… Model examples and provide support. Break down into timed sections to allow progress checks. Students should be encouraged to draw links between sections. Next steps… I use this before the module exam. Use to practise answering some exam questions. www.acornteachingresources.com All reviews for our premium resources have been 5/5* (as of 4th March 2017)
Geography - Design an Easter Egg (with a geographical theme)
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Geography - Design an Easter Egg (with a geographical theme)

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End of term group activity to design an Easter egg with a geographical theme. Will work as one lesson (with only the design proposal sheet completed) or two lessons (with completed designs on the templates). Competitive element. The group worksheet also has a 'Things we now know' to show progress'. The teams have to work together to research and design an Easter egg with a geographical theme, this could be a place, landmark or something they've learned in lesson (more options given in lesson). All resources are included. There is a pin board style slide to leave on the screen. Laptops and atlases aren't essential, but will certainly help with the research (one per group). www.acornteachingresources.com All reviews for our paid products have been 5/5 (As of January 15th 2017).
Easter Egg Design
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Easter Egg Design

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Aimed at D&T / Primary. 2 draft / design proposals - with sticky notes and drawing space. Easter egg template / packaging template - great for display work! Can be edited to include a theme / topic.
Halloween Haunted House For Sale - Adverts
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Halloween Haunted House For Sale - Adverts

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English - Halloween Haunted House For Sale - Adverts A series of activities on the theme of advertising a haunted house. Included are several templates, animated resources, peer assessment sheets, teacher notes, discussion prompts, word mats. This lesson will make a great end of term activity, and will create some attractive display work, as well as develop skills in persuasive writing. Activity 1 - Give the students access to the adverts, either printed out or displayed on the board. Students should work to identify the features of the advert using the instructions on the slide. This could be done as independent, paired or group work. A carousel activity would suit this task, especially if other tasks are built into the carousel activity station. Each advert can then be displayed to possibly annotate on the screen / aid discussion. Activity 2 - Work through the discussion prompts. Again, this could be done as independent, paired or group work and could be built into a carousel activity station. There is a printable prompt sheet for students to write on if appropriate. Activity 3 - Students should use a dictionary / discussion to build up a bank of words. These can be added to a printable word mat. Again, this could be done as independent, paired or group work and could be built into a carousel activity station. There is the further option to built up a bank of starters & connectives, a pre-populated list has also been planned for weaker groups. Word mat is displayed to aid discussion / assess understanding. Activity 4 - Students write up their own adverts using the templates provided and the work prior. This is suited to independent work, but could be done in pairs or groups. If previous activities have been completed as a carousel, this could be where students break away to work independently. Several templates have been provided, including one with blank ‘photos’ for the students who like to draw. Activity 5 - This is the main assessment opportunity. A sheet has been provided, however assessment could be done in many different ways and built in to match school / class policy or routine. 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.