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On a mission to reduce teacher workload and prevent burnout through affordable 'print-and-teach' materials for secondary English. Our job can be difficult at times, but I believe students all want to be challenged, inspired, and engaged. Having fun is an important feature, because it allows us to reach teens and encourage them to learn. Wherever possible, I introduce choice for students in my teaching materials. I hope these resources keep the love of learning alive.

On a mission to reduce teacher workload and prevent burnout through affordable 'print-and-teach' materials for secondary English. Our job can be difficult at times, but I believe students all want to be challenged, inspired, and engaged. Having fun is an important feature, because it allows us to reach teens and encourage them to learn. Wherever possible, I introduce choice for students in my teaching materials. I hope these resources keep the love of learning alive.
Icarus & Daedalus
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This is for use with or without my World Mythology materials. All the activities in this unit have the aim of introducing students to the world of mythology, starting with Greek myths and moving on to explore myths from around the world. The story has been reproduced here in printable format with the kind permission of E2BN with whom all rights reserve. Image credit: John Melven from The Noun Project Any issues, comments or questions please get in touch; I'm here to help!
Mrs Midas Analysis Task Cards
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Mrs Midas Analysis Task Cards

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Mrs Midas by the UK's poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is one of my all-time favourite poems. Taking the Greek myth of King Midas, Duffy's poem is from the perspective of the never-before-heard-from Mrs Midas. I am very happy to finally have this engaging pack ready to share. This poem is recommended for highly-capable upper middle schoolers and high schoolers. Read it here. I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes including EAL and LS students. Download this resource to receive 24 thought-provoking prompts to encourage comprehension and analysis of this brilliant text. Also included are lots of ways to use the cards to ensure you have plenty to choose from in finding the right fit for your classes. Within the materials, you will also find alignment to CCSS, GCSE and A-Level. It was first used with IBDP students, and is easily adapted for IBMYP too. Produced on printer-friendly paper, these task cards are sure to be a resource you use year on year. Looking for more highly engaging resources? Check out these packs for more figurative language and analysis ideas: * Exploring Texts Using Hyperlinks with Thinglink * Zombie Apocalypse Figurative Language in Songs Or how about a money-saving bundle to save you time AND $$$: * Mindset, Intelligence & The Power of 'Yet' * Greek Mythology * Gorgon Quest: Cooperative Greek Mythology Board Game * Zombie-Themed Pack * Agent Activation Pack Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note via roamingteacher@gmail.com. I'm always happy to help! ***All new products are launched with discounts for at least the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
Zombie Apocalypse: Figurative Language in Songs PREVIEW
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Zombie Apocalypse: Figurative Language in Songs PREVIEW

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This is a PREVIEW of the resource available in my shop. This lesson would be perfect for a substitute teacher as all student instructions are included. Get students to identify figurative language in an engaging way by reading and/or listening to music lyrics along the zombie / death theme. Even more importantly, these activities will build your students' confidence in discussing the impact of figurative language as used in specific texts. It's an easy hop from these activities to applying their skills to poetry. I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes with EAL students and all my students can rise to this challenge, from those who are below to those who are above grade level. (Please check suitability of the topic for younger students, although I do my best to avoid gory images.) Produced on printer-friendly paper, these task cards are sure to be a resource you use time and time again. Included: * full teaching notes * lyrics of 3 songs on the theme of zombies & death * links to the songs * 2 student worksheets with instructions and answer keys * ideas for how to use the materials for a physical movement activity * suggestions for how to use the materials as a discussion activity This product would complement any curriculum that focuses on the development of figurative language identification and analysis. Interested in other zombie-themed resources? See my store for more bargains. I intend to do regular discounts and promos, so follow me to get notifications for when this happens. Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note below. I'm always happy to help.
Mindset, Intelligence & The Power of 'Yet' BUNDLE (Still Growing!)
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Mindset, Intelligence & The Power of 'Yet' BUNDLE (Still Growing!)

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Develop reading skills, get your students discussing passionately and improve their capacity for learning - what's not to love? A perfect resource to develop your students' thinking skills any time. BONUS MATERIAL ADDED August 2016: An 'I Have Who Has?' activity to review key vocabulary in the article. This can be used in subsequent lessons to help students remember definitions. This bundle will grow over time, so grab it now before the price increases with each addition! OVERVIEW This lesson starts with an anticipation guide, and students reflect on their own beliefs about intelligence and learning. Following this, students read an original 2-page article on how the brain develops. It includes: * Information on intelligence as something to be developed, rather than fixed * The role of mindset in learning * The power of ‘yet’ They have a double-sided sheet to complete as they explore the text which practices: citing evidence; finding the main idea; recognising cause & effect; identifying the importance of a section as part of a whole; and synthesis. Discussion task cards have been provided as a follow up to the reading, so students can develop their ideas. Finally, students are asked to reflect on how this learning might impact their attitude and actions, setting specific goals to improve their learning. (A FREE optional resource comparing the brains of zombies and humans (Zombie Brains versus Human Brains) can be downloaded from my store, for those using this resource with my other zombie-themed lessons.) In the same way you might use a magazine or newspaper article for any grade level, this text is flexible in terms of who can access it. The online Lexile Analyzer gives an estimated reading score of 940L (based on the first 2 paragraphs only) and readable.io gives an average grade level of 9.1. In reality, I have used this with able and engaged 7th years; my 6th form students really enjoyed the article - and ensuing Socratic Seminar - that we held. Enjoyed this? Follow me to get notifications of other metacognitive English lessons. Keywords: learning, brain, metacognition, yet, mindset, Dweck, intelligence, resilience, reading, speaking, listening, CCSS, discussion, start of year ***All new products are launched with discounts for at least the first 48 hours! Interested? Just follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
The Spy Files: Equipment Assignment Logic Puzzle
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The Spy Files: Equipment Assignment Logic Puzzle

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Looking for a way in to a unit on the spy genre? Look no further than this short fun activity that asks students to use their critical thinking skills to work out a logic puzzle. Which agent should be assigned each of the items available? Only by using skills of inference and deduction will your agents succeed! This is a useful starting activity that will see your students have lots of fun. Use it as an individual or team-building discussion task. I offer this for free, so please remember to leave feedback once you've had time to evaluate the activity. If there are any issues, let me know and I'll be happy to address them. Questions or comments? Get in touch: roamingteacher@gmail.com
Greek Mythology Bundle (Still Growing!)
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Greek Mythology Bundle (Still Growing!)

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This bundle contains most of the Greek Mythology products from my store. I intend to keep adding products as they become available, so buying the bundle now means you never again pay for any items added (as the price rises). This money-saving bundle contains: ***NEW! (Added March 2017) Myth Quests 1*** ***NEW! (Added March 2017) Greek Mythology: Would You Rather...? Cards*** * The Olympic Games * Demeter & Persephone: The Story * Icarus & Daedalus: The Story * The Minotaur: The Story * The Olympian Gods Any issues, comments or questions please get in touch; I'm here to help! ***All new products are launched with discounts off for the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
Zombie Apocalypse Writing Prompt Task Cards
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Zombie Apocalypse Writing Prompt Task Cards

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Get your students begging for their next prompt with these super-engaging task cards! Journal prompts, bellringers, station work - they can be used in various ways, not only for writing but also to promote discussion skills. With 48 unique cards in 3 different categories (beginning, middle and end of the apocalypse), this resource will keep your students writing enthusiastically for as long as you want. I've used this with secondary (middle and high school) students over the years, and it leads to the students asking for MORE writing time! I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes with EAL students and all my students can rise to this challenge. My 9-year-old son also saw me making these and asked if he could use them for his writing. With careful selection on my part, he too was thrilled to be able to find new ideas for his zombie-writing fascination. Produced on printer-friendly paper, these task cards are sure to be a resource you use time and time again. Included: * ideas on how to use the task cards * 48 different prompts to promote writing, critical thinking and discussion (if chosen) Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note below. I'm always happy to help! Keywords: zombie, task cards, writing, prompt, creative, apocalypse
Mrs Midas Audio Commentary & Learning Activities
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Mrs Midas Audio Commentary & Learning Activities

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With this 11-minute commentary on Carol Ann Duffy's brilliant poem 'Mrs Midas', you can save your voice while still ensuring your students develop their skills with a solid analysis of the poem. With no less than 5 different ways to use this resource, you can bring in elements of rigour and creativity to best suit your particular students, while scaffolding their understanding and minimising their fear of poetry. Mrs Midas by the UK's poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is one of my all-time favourite poems. Taking the Greek myth of King Midas, Duffy's poem is from the perspective of the never-before-heard-from Mrs Midas. This poem is recommended for highly-capable upper middle schoolers and high schoolers. Read it here. I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes including EAL and LS students. Within this resource, you will find: * download link to the MP3 audio file with illustrated instructions * printable transcript (2 pages) * teaching notes and ideas for activities to accompany the audio * link to downloadable, print-friendly PDF of the poem Looking for more highly engaging resources? Check out these packs for more figurative language and analysis ideas: * Exploring Texts Using Hyperlinks with Thinglink * Zombie Apocalypse Figurative Language in Songs Or how about a money-saving bundle to save you time AND $$$: * Mindset, Intelligence & The Power of 'Yet' * Greek Mythology * Gorgon Quest: Cooperative Greek Mythology Board Game * Zombie-Themed Pack * Agent Activation Pack Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note via roamingteacher@gmail.com. I'm always happy to help! ***All new products are launched with discounts for at least the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
A Martian Sends a Postcard Home: Imaginative, Creative, Original Writing
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A Martian Sends a Postcard Home: Imaginative, Creative, Original Writing

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Are you tired of reading student prose that fails to capture the imagination? Have you had enough of the same worn-out similes and metaphors that do nothing to enliven the mind? This lesson focuses on encouraging students to write fresh and original descriptions that will stoke readers’ curiosity and capture their imagination. Make sure you share this goal with your learners! From a reading of this popular poem by Craig Raine, students use his striking and unusual descriptions to create their own well-crafted paragraphs. This lesson was originally created to prepare students for the imaginative / creative writing section of the IGCSE exam, but it can be used to inspire writing that jumps off the page at any level. I have personally used this in KS3 and KS4 with great results every time. As students submit their writing after this lesson, I actually look forward to seeing how shifting their perspective allows them to create truly different, engaging writing. The resource includes: -full teaching notes -a copy of the poem (for classroom use only) -an accompanying set of slides (in PDF form) -game instructions and materials to get students thinking out of the box (a mental 'warm up' for writing) -5 examples of original, imaginative writing inspired by this lesson (from my students) -my ongoing support! Please remember to leave feedback as I work continuously to improve my resources. Follow me to receive updates as I post new products at Reach High. Keywords: poetry, poem, martian, postcard, lesson, printable, ppt, presentation, teaching notes, instructions, guidelines, creative, imaginative, writing, igcse, ks3, ks4, ks5, raine, mixed ability, SEN, ESL, EAL, photocopiable, printable Image credit: Laura Faraci of The Noun Project
Let's Talk: Cosmetic Surgery (Board Game)
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Let's Talk: Cosmetic Surgery (Board Game)

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This resource contains 1 page, which is is a board game to get your students talking for as short or long as you'd like to use the activity. Over the years, I have used this with Secondary (Middle / High School) and college students in EAL, ESL, Language Arts and English settings, so I can personally attest it is suitable for all and promotes lots of discussion. While these board games are deceptively simple in the idea, they can lead to all heated debates and realisations about your students you couldn't have guessed! Promote meaningful and useful discussion skills such as: * Stating opinions with supporting details * Polite disagreement with supporting details * Agreement with supporting details * Questioning further to get a more detailed response If you would like a FREE discussion mat to accompany this activity (after purchase), drop me a line at roamingteacher@gmail.com. The mat contains prompts organised by category (such as agreeing, disagreeing politely etc.) Questions or comments - please leave them below. I'd love to hear from you! Keywords: speaking, listening, discussion, group, team, groupwork, teamwork, teens, adults, esl, eal, language arts, english, game, board, boardgame, fun
Gorgon Quest: Cooperative Greek Mythology Board Game BUNDLE
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Gorgon Quest: Cooperative Greek Mythology Board Game BUNDLE

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After much testing and refining, it's finally here! Gorgon Quest sees your students set out on an adventure as a team, to defeat the Medusa. They can test their knowledge of Greek Mythology (or any other content you choose). My students love this game and the more they play it, the deeper their learning goes. They will need all their wits about them if they are to succeed. Please note this is a cooperative (not competitive) game where the students all work together to succeed. The concept of cooperative gaming really appeals to me and you can find out why on my blog here: http://bit.ly/togetherbetter Included in this pack: * Greek Mythology Quiz Cards BUNDLED * Teacher guidance notes * Gameplay instructions for students * Item tokens * HP scoresheet * A3 printable game board REDUCED PRICE FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY!. GET THIS RESOURCE NOW FOR 50% OF THE USUAL PRICE! All game components can be printed in colour or black and white as you prefer. If you are short on time, there is no need to cut anything out - alternative instructions are included, so this can be a print-and-go activity too. Interested in other mythology-themed resources? Click on the 'Mythology' category in my store for more mythology teaching materials. Icarus & Daedalus: The Story The Minotaur: The Story The Olympian Gods Greek Mythology Quiz Cards Greek Mythology: Would You Rather...? Cards Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note below. I'm always happy to help! ***All new products are launched with discounts for the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!*** Keywords: greek, mythology, boardgame, board, game, fun, printable, activity, quiz, cards
Zombie Apocalypse: Figurative Language in Songs
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Zombie Apocalypse: Figurative Language in Songs

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This lesson would be handy for a substitute teacher as all instructions are included. Get students to identify figurative language in an engaging way by reading and/or listening to music lyrics along the zombie / death theme. Even more importantly, these activities will build your students' confidence in discussing the impact of figurative language as used in specific texts. It's an easy hop from these activities to applying their skills to poetry. I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes with EAL students and all my students can rise to this challenge, from those who are below to those who are above grade level. (Please check suitability of the topic for younger students, although I do my best to avoid gory images.) Produced on printer-friendly paper, these task cards are sure to be a resource you use time and time again. Included: * full teaching notes * lyrics of 3 songs on the theme of zombies & death * links to the songs * 2 student worksheets with instructions and answer keys * ideas for how to use the materials for a physical movement activity * suggestions for how to use the materials as a discussion activity This product would complement any curriculum that focuses on the development of figurative language identification and analysis. Interested in other zombie-themed resources? See my store for more print-and-teach bargains. Follow me to get notifications of new resources and promotions. Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note via roamingteacher@gmail.com. I'm always happy to help.
Observation Aptitude Test - The Spy Files
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Observation Aptitude Test - The Spy Files

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This handy resource is designed as a start-of-lesson activity to get your students (back) into 'spy mode.' Students watch a short (6-minute) spy animation that is freely available online: link provided. The accompanying task sheet can be used as a short quiz activity or as inspiration for creative writing, as explained in the teacher notes. So whether you have 10 minutes or a lesson to fill, this resource will keep your students engaged in a topic they really enjoy. My students have a lot of fun with this one and it can inspire some great short stories! Questions or comments? Want more ideas on how to use this activity? Drop me a note (withreachhigh@gmail.com) and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'm always happy to help! Follow me in Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/withreachhigh Follow my blog: www.learningtoempower.com
Zombie Apocalypse MEGA fun pack
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Zombie Apocalypse MEGA fun pack

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SAVE 20% of the individual listed prices. This resource contains the 4 'zombie' themed lessons in my shop. It covers reading, writing, speaking and listening. Please see the previews for more details of what the resources contain. Any questions, let me know - roamingteacher@gmail.com
Mythology: The Olympic Games
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Mythology: The Olympic Games

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This is a lesson I use at the start of my mythology units to engage the class and get them enthused about our area of study. The materials herein may be used in mixed ability classes; I have used it with such groups including EAL and SEN learners, but much of it is open-ended meaning it is rigorous for all. All the activities in this unit have the aim of introducing students to the world of mythology, starting with Greek myths and moving on to explore myths from around the world. Included in this pack are 2 activities, based on Greek Mythology. The first is a cloze worksheet with instructions to develop effective search skills. The second is a set of activity ideas for setting up your own 'in house' Olympics. Timing will very much depend on the students you are working with but I usually allow at least 1.5 hours, assuming that students will be in teams for the Olympics and everyone will select their events. In this download, you will find: -teaching notes -a printable worksheet -an answer key -instructions for setting up your Olympic event Image credit: Theresa Stoodley from The Noun Project Any issues, comments or questions please get in touch; I'm here to help!
Myth Quests 1
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Myth Quests 1

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This is the first in my series of 'quests' for a World Mythology unit and the most popular of my products to date. The materials herein may be used in mixed ability classes; I have used it with such groups including EAL and SEN learners, but much of it is open-ended meaning it is rigorous for all. All the activities in this unit have the aim of introducing students to the world of mythology, starting with Greek myths and moving on to explore myths from around the world. Included in this pack are 4 activities, based on Greek Mythology. The main skills focuses are (1) identifying key ideas and (2) researching effectively. Timing will very much depend on the students you are working with but I usually allow at least 1 hour for the class to try the different activities, while I monitor and encourage revision/improvements as appropriate. You will find: -teaching notes -learning intentions, skills and success criteria for each activity -an answer key -printable task sheets and worksheets -landscape and portrait blank pages with unit headers to create your own additional sheets -offline activities with opportunities to include online research skills **Please note that you will also need to download the free resources (in my store) 'Icarus & Daedalus' and 'The Minotaur' to accompany 2 of the activities in this lesson.*** Image credits from The Noun Project: Trident by Aldric Rodriguez Iborra Compass by Edward Boatman Hermes by Gilad Sotil Angel by Luis Prado Minotaur by Dabid J Pascal Seasons by Filippo Any issues, comments or questions please get in touch; I'm here to help! ***All new products are launched with 50% off for the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
Inference Task Cards - Find Evidence to Support Your Ideas
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Inference Task Cards - Find Evidence to Support Your Ideas

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More task cards! My students love when I pull out a set of these. Task cards are a great way to get your students engaged and focused, and their versatility makes them perfect for anything from starters to lessons to plenaries. If you would prefer a DIGITAL (online) version of these task cards, please visit my listing here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/inference-task-cards-find-evidence-to-support-your-ideas-digital-version-11420441 These cards have been used with students from Year 7-11 (Grades 6-10), but would also be suitable for challenging capable upper primary / elementary students. Be warned though: critical thinking and effort is required! Included is a script of how to 'think aloud' and model the thought processes of a good reader. On these cards you will find 32 extracts including original writing (from yours truly), classic literature, and nonfiction. Accompanying each short text is a question that asks students to dig deeper into the text, and pull out details that are not explicitly stated. These can be used for oral or written response. Setting them up as 'stations' around the room will ensure students are physically moving as they learn. You could use 1 card as a starter activity to get students using their inference skills before additional reading challenged. Alternatively, use the set with individuals, pairs or small teams. Included in the pack: -sample card for display on projector -'think aloud' script to model how to approach the cards for students -32 task cards printed 4 to a page -full teacher notes -a tracking sheet -a sheet for students to record their answers Questions or comments? Please get in touch with me via roamingteacher@gmail.com Keywords: task, cards, task cards, fun, reading, inference, infer, read, plenary, starter, lesson, stations, station
Zombie Apocalypse Reading Task Cards (Citing Evidence & Supporting Ideas)
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Zombie Apocalypse Reading Task Cards (Citing Evidence & Supporting Ideas)

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Looking for a way to develop your students' reading, while having fun - look no further! These cards have 12 short texts for students to really drill down into the skills they need to become excellent readers. Students love zombies and this, along with my other themed resources, keeps them smiling through the whole unit. I've used this with secondary (middle school) students who tell me they really enjoy these short activities to focus on particular skills. I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes with EAL students and all my students can rise to this challenge, from those who are below to those who are above grade level. (Please check suitability of the topic for younger students, although I avoid gory images and explicit mention of weapons such as guns.) Produced on printer-friendly paper, these task cards are sure to be a resource you use time and time again. Included: * ideas on how to use the task cards * 12 different tasks at different levels, focusing on individual skills * answer sheet for students to record their responses (optional double-sided printable) * suggested answers Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note below. I'm always happy to help!
The Olympian Gods
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The Olympian Gods

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Turn a content-heavy lesson into a fun activity with an engaging research project and a creative task. I have completed this with a range of grade levels, near the start of our mythology units, and the students are always totally engaged and determined to show everyone what they can really do. Remembering all twelve Olympians and understanding their history is a challenging task, but this resource makes it easy. In this lesson, students choose one or more Olympian gods to research and create a poster. We know, from research, that memory is aided with visuals so what better way for students to help each other's learning by producing these display items for an authentic audience of their peers? Let's face it - the Olympian gods capture the imagination, so pair this with a creative outlet and you've got a winner of a lesson. And don't be put off by the idea of untidy posters hanging on your walls - simple instructions for how to make student posters go from, 'Oh well, you did your best...' to 'Wow!' are included (online access required). Ideas for the creative use of technology are included, but don't worry - of accessing ICT is an issue for you, most of the lesson can be done offline (assuming your library has information on the Olympian gods - if this is not the case, get in touch and we can work out a solution). For online access, I have included selected links for the students to begin their research. Looking for more materials to explore mythology? Click on the 'mythology' category in my store to see all the resources available. Image credit: 'Wreathed head' icon produced by Gilad Sotil of the Noun Project Keywords: myth, mythology, Olympians, Olympus, Greek, poster, fun, substitute lesson, bulletin board, activity, online, design, creativity, research, informational
Inference Task Cards - Find Evidence to Support Your Ideas DIGITAL VERSION
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Inference Task Cards - Find Evidence to Support Your Ideas DIGITAL VERSION

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More task cards! My students love when I pull out a set of these. Task cards are a great way to get your students engaged and focused, and their versatility makes them perfect for anything from starters to lessons to plenaries. This is a DIGITAL version of my printable resource of the same name and content. The printable version can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/inference-task-cards-find-evidence-to-support-your-ideas-11380301 You will need access to online devices of some kind (smartphone, tablet, PC, Chromebook or other) to use this resource. If you have access to devices but are nervous about using the resource, please get in touch. I am happy to help! ____________________________________________________________________________________________ These cards have been used with students from Year 7-11 (Grades 6-10), but would also be suitable for challenging capable upper primary / elementary students. Be warned though: critical thinking and effort is required! Included is a script of how to 'think aloud' and model the thought processes of a good reader. On these cards you will find 32 extracts including original writing (from yours truly), classic literature, and nonfiction. Accompanying each short text is a question that asks students to dig deeper into the text, and pull out details that are not explicitly stated. These can be used for oral or written response. Setting them up as 'stations' around the room will ensure students are physically moving as they learn. You could use 1 card as a starter activity to get students using their inference skills before additional reading challenged. Alternatively, use the set with individuals, pairs or small teams. Ideas for how to use the cards are included in the teacher notes. Included in the pack: -links and QR codes to the 32 online task cards (in Google Drive) -'think aloud' script to model how to approach the cards for students -full teacher notes -a tracking sheet (online and printable) -an *optional* online response sheet for students to record their answers (requires Google account e.g. Gmail) Questions or comments? If you have ANY problems with these files, please get in touch with me via roamingteacher@gmail.com - I am always happy to help! Keywords: task, cards, task cards, fun, reading, inference, infer, read, plenary, starter, lesson, stations, station, GAFE, Google Apps, Drive, Google Drive, ICT, technology, online, differentiation