This resource is made for students doing the new GCSE foundation spec. There are three levels of challenge with each level of challenge having a worded question to complete also. The answers are provided too. A really good revision tool to help students practice different skills and learn where each section will be around in their exams.
Differentiated lesson looking at the basics of simplifying algebra. There is a powerpoint to go through with the students and then a differentiated match up activity. This works really well if the easy questions are printed on green, the middle on orange, the hardest on red and blue for the answers. The students then can match up the answers knowing whether they are correct or not. There is also a singing plenary. The students use their mini whiteboards to answer the question and then if they are correct, part of family guy will play.
Here are differentiated GCSE questions colour coded for students to complete. These can be printed and placed into plastic wallets and students complete using their mini whiteboards. They can also be given as a booklet for students to complete. Another way is to put students into groups and then get the students to complete the questions together. This can be differentiated by which students you pick. There is also a plenary activity which can be used at the end of the lesson to assess students. I usually make students do this in silence and by themselves to reflect on the learning that they have done today. The answers are also provided.
I have found that students struggle to know the difference between pythagoras and trig. So this lesson is designed to help students know the difference. There are four levels of challenge. Green- just pythagoras, orange- trig, red- pythagoras and trig and purple- combining the two. Students really find this lesson helpful to knowing when to use which.
This resource is good for a range of different ability of students. The lesson goes through how to complete a variety of solving equations and then there is a differentiated slide for the students to complete. Green questions are the easiest, orange are the middle, red are the challenge and the purple are the super challenge. The answers are also available. There is a singing plenary activity also. The singing plenary is done by students on their whiteboards and then if they get the correct answer, then it plays part of glee for them.
Differentiated histograms lesson. Essential questions where students are to find the frequency density, excel questions where students find the frequency density and draw the histogram. Challenge questions where the students have to work backwards to find missing frequencies. The students have handouts that they can use to stick in their books instead of drawing it out themselves. There is a plenary question that is an exam question. There are also success criteria for the lesson so that students understand where they need to get in the journey of the lesson.
This resource is aimed at lower ability students or students seeing expanding double brackets for the first time. There are essential and excel stickers that can be made to give to the students. The main activity is a match up activity that works really well if printed on different coloured card (essential-green, excel-orange, challenge- red and the answers in blue). Students can then match up the answers and the observer or the teacher can easily see who is on which level. The blue answers have a one mark answer (not simplified) and a two mark answer (simplified) to again differentiate between the students. The answers are also attached. The plenary is a singing plenary (frozen), the students use their mini whiteboards to give answers, if the answers are correct, then part of frozen will play to them.
This lesson is aimed at lower ability students or students that have not done rounding before. There is a complete lesson, with a main activity. The best way to do the main activity, is to cut the 'post if notes' and either stick them in groups (essential questions together, excel questions together etc) around the room, or put them in piles around the room. Students then get an answer grid that they fill in when they pick up a question and answer it. Students need to check what question number they are answering and which level of challenge to make sure they answer in the correct box. There is a tip sheet that can be printed and again put around the room for students wanting to complete to 1sf. Answers are provided and students can write a strength and target following on from that. There is a singing plenary to finish with. This is where students are asked a question, they are to answer it on their mini whiteboards, if they get the answer correct, part of family guy will play.
Aimed at lower ability students or students seeing factorising for the first time. There is a lesson for the students and then a 'post it note' activity for students to complete. This can be done in a variety of different ways, but I but the post it notes in essential, excel and challenge piles and then students can come and collect the questions as they need them. They fill in the answer grid with the level of challenge and question number. Answers are also provided. There is a singing plenary to finish with and this is where students answer the questions on their mini whiteboards and when they get it right, it plays part of Glee for them.
This resource is a bank of BIG (brain in gear) activities to start the lessons. I have attached an excel spreadsheet detailing all the different types of questions that each slide has. Each slide has the answers and 4 questions. The final question is a challenge question which is meant to push the students.
Differentiated intro lesson to multiplying algebraic terms. There are questions to complete on mini whiteboards, three levels of challenge for students to complete. There is also a 'singing plenary'. This is where students complete the question on their mini whiteboards and part of mamma mia plays if the students get the correct answer.
This differentiated lesson looks at 4 operations of fractions. There is a powerpoint and GCSE questions with answers for students to complete. The questions are differentiated with students being able to start where they want to.
Differentiated whole lesson on solving inequalities. There is a lesson that goes through how to solve inequalties with questions to complete on mini whiteboards. Then there is a match up that is differentiated in difficulty. If you print them on different coloured paper shows clear differentiation. I usually go for green for essential, orange for excel and red for challenge. Blue are the answers. And then a 'singing' plenary to finish with. Students to answer the question on their mini whiteboards and then music plays.
Differentiated lesson on complex angle problems. Lesson looking at calculating missing angles and giving reasons. There are two booklets with answers for students to complete. Also a 'singing' plenary at the end for students to complete. This is to be done on mini whiteboards and students produce the answer and then it will play part of mamma mia.
The notebook file is the lesson, So through this with the students and get them to complete ones on their mini whiteboards. Then students to complete the GCSE questions. This is differentiated as students can start working on any level of questions. It is best printed as a booklet for students to complete. Then the plenary activity recaps what should have been learnt in lessons. Personally, I get students to complete this by themselves in silence to show themselves what they have achieved within the lesson.
There is a Brain in Gear activity which helps students with the factorising quadratics. Then a differentiated starter activity expanding and factorising expressions. Then the lesson walks through how to factorise quadratics with challenge questions and what it will look like for students in their exams. The essential is to factorise positive quadratics and excel is to factorise any, challenge to be able to solve. There is a slide that explains how to do this for students when they are completing the differentiated match up activity. There are three levels so I print them on green, orange and red card with the answers in blue so that the observer and yourself can see which level students are doing. The plenary activity looks at the 3 levels of challenge and students have to answer with their mini whiteboards.
Whole lesson on changing large and small numbers into standard form. The challenge is to change out of standard form. The match up activity works best when the essential questions are coloured in green, excel in orange and challenge in red. Answers are to be in blue. Students to then match up the questions with the answers.
Differentiated lesson for a low ability class looking at angles on a straight line and in a triangle. The smart board goes through how to answer the questions and gives some for students to complete on their mini whiteboards. Differentiated worksheet for students to complete with answers. The plenary activity is a 'singing' plenary, where students are presented with a question to complete on their mini whiteboards and then it will play part of glee if students get it correct.