Survival guide cross-curricular independent learning tool

Survival guide cross-curricular independent learning tool

This is a handy guide that I have laminated and displayed on all of my tables for students as a quick reference of all of the places they can go to seek help if they need it. Lamination is only one option and I usually have enough for one per pair. I am very keen on promoting independent learning in the classroom. In this document there is the original survival guide and three dyslexia friendly versions in light blue, light pink and cream. The size of the font is also slightly larger on these. I have also used images, which I created myself, as they helped students who are EAL. There are seven steps laid out to encourage students to be more independent with their learning. The third step is for the students to seek guidance from a help desk - this may be something you don't do but the document can be edited and this would be easily removed. In my teaching, I tend to use help desks where there are different types of guides on display or help sheets which focus on general transferable skills help (how to create a sentence, synonyms for common words like said, etc) as well as specialist help sheets such as how to decode an unseen poem. Therefore, students would use the help desk as a port of call for if they are stuck.
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Shakespeare Macbeth character spinner revision tool ICT interactive differentiated

Shakespeare Macbeth character spinner revision tool ICT interactive differentiated

This is an editable spinner based on the characters of Macbeth which can be used as a revision tool. You start the presentation, press spin then press 1 to stop the spinner. You then press the button of the character that the arrow is pointing at and it takes you to a slide with activities on it for the students to do. The activities are coloured specifically to show difficulty of the task (RAG). You then press the button to go back and the spinner starts all over again. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
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Shakespeare The Tempest Character Spinner revision tool ICT interactive differentiated activities

Shakespeare The Tempest Character Spinner revision tool ICT interactive differentiated activities

This is a revision tool for the Shakespeare play The Tempest. You start the presentation, press the spin button then press 1 to stop it. The arrow should be pointing at a name of a character. You press the button belonging to the name of that character and it takes you to a slide with tasks on it. Students could be given a time in which to complete the tasks then you press the back button. The spinner will start straight away and you press 1 to stop it again. This could be a starter/plenary or a whole revision lesson. It could be individual as students would be able to use this on a computer on their own. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
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Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Character Spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun IWB

Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Character Spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun IWB

This is a revision tool that can be used as a main revision lesson or as a plenary/starter to a lesson. It is a character spinner of the main characters in Romeo and Juliet. It is editable. You start the presentation, press spin then stop the spinner with 1. You press the button belonging to the character the arrow is pointing to. This takes you to a slide with some RAG activities on for students to complete. Once you have given them time to do it, you press the back button and the spinner starts again. You could even have this on a shared area for students to access and have the students use it as individual revision tools. The tasks are based on summing up the character, finding quotes about the character and drawing an outline of the character then explaining what you physically see compared to what is implied or what you see as an audience that the characters on stage wouldn't see. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
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Shakespeare Hamlet character spinner revision tool

Shakespeare Hamlet character spinner revision tool

This is a spinner for the main characters in Hamlet. You start the presentation and press the spin button. You press 1 to stop it. The arrow will point at a name and you press the button corresponding to the name. This will take you to a slide with tasks on. It is all editable - meaning you can put tasks on that suit your needs. The tasks are colour coordinated (RAG) for difficulty. When you press the back button it takes you to the spinner and you can start all over again. This could be a starter/plenary or a whole revision lesson. It could be independent as you could use it on a computer in the classroom while other students do other tasks (it could be as an extension or as an intervention). I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
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Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice spinner revision interactive ICT tool

Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice spinner revision interactive ICT tool

This is a spinner for the characters in The Merchant of Venice. You can use it as a revision tool as a starter, plenary, whole lesson or independent task. You start the spinner in presentation mode by pressing the spin button. You press 1 to stop it and it will point to a characters name. You then press the button of that character and go to an activity page. It is all editable. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
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Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew character spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun

Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew character spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun

This is an editable spinner to revise the characters in The Taming of the Shrew. You can adjust it by taking out some of the characters and doubling up on others. You can also change the activities on each of the slides to suit your needs. Basically, it spins when you press the button in presentation mode. You stop it by pressing 1 and press the button of the character indicated by the arrow. This takes you to a slide with activities on it. It could be a starter, plenary, whole lesson or independent task if you have access to computers. You could also adapt this to be themes instead of characters or a mix of themes and characters if you just focused on the key characters (you could do four characters and four themes - the names would just need changing on the wheel, the buttons and the appropriate slides).
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Creative writing WABOLL resources for improvement differentiated and vocabulary help sheets

Creative writing WABOLL resources for improvement differentiated and vocabulary help sheets

This PowerPoint has a number of resources that helped me teach creative writing to a class of mixed ability students. They worked with SEND and EAL as well as high abillity, it is all about stretching the students no matter what level. Everything is editable. I think that sometimes showing students a WABOLL and getting them to think about how to improve it using the mark scheme to help them is really very successful. I have created two stories that need improving for various reasons. Both of the stories are leveled on how much assistance I give (differentiated using RAG). These stories gave me two double lessons worth of work as the students improved the stories then used the plan to help them write their own, more interesting version of the stories. Each of the stories are written with space for the students to make notes on how they would improve the sections. It is aimed at encouraging students to extend descriptions of places and characters as well as include better adjectives and verbs. Alongside this I have also added some sentence improvement chili challenges and vocabulary help sheets. This takes the form of synonym help for the words: and, but, said, then, look, smell, feel, see, hear, loud, quiet, soft, old, funny, walk, run, talk, play, say, jump, eat, drink, fall, move, lift and hit. I used the chili challenges as extension activities but they can be used as a starter or a plenary too. They are designed to be cut out, stuck into an exercise book and then completed underneath. Students could cut them out and stick them in. If you gave them timings to get them stuck in or for a certain amount to be completed then it speeds up the cutting and sticking process, especially if it is a challenge against students.
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Poetry help tools to aid analysis of unseen poetry and anthology poetry independence skills

Poetry help tools to aid analysis of unseen poetry and anthology poetry independence skills

This PowerPoint is editable and has four of my resources that I put out for students to access when analysing poetry (both unseen and anthology based). The first outlines some of the more common technical features that students may come across when reading through a poem. It gives an explanation of what these features are and why the writer would use them. I also have a step-by-step guide which questions the students at each stage of reading the poem. This is to help them be more independent in the way they analyse the poems they are reading. I use questions instead of giving tasks in order to make them think for themselves. The final piece of resource that I have in this is a jigsaw that gives the steps to writing a successful analytical paragraph. It just explains the steps without using acronyms like PEE. I usually cut these out (or have students cut them out) then put them on a help desk for the students to access or I get the students to stick them in their books. They work best when they are on display.
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Cross-curricular literacy keyword passport and activity book

Cross-curricular literacy keyword passport and activity book

This is a passport that I created using PowerPoint (print off and either staple/bind together or use the book creating function on a photocopier to turn it in to a booklet). It has pages dedicated towards capturing the key words in your subject with a space for students to write the definitions. The second half of the booklet is about capturing key revision information. There are three spaces per page with an activity at the bottom to consolidate all of the information in to a creative format such as a poem, story, drawing, etc.
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Shakespeare Othello character spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun

Shakespeare Othello character spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun

This is an editable spinner that is for Othello. It is best used as a revision tool and can be as a starter, plenary, whole lesson or independent learning task if you have access to computers. You start the presentation and press the spin button. When you press 1 the spinner stops and lands on a name. You then press the button belonging to the name and it will take you to a sheet with activities on. You press the back button to go to the spinner again and it starts turning until you press 1 again. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
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Reading book review very detailed original and two differentiated versions

Reading book review very detailed original and two differentiated versions

This is an editable document which ends up making a three page book review. It is designed to be a working document that students fill in at intervals as they read through the books. It can be used as a display in a library of students thoughts about particular books or as an assessment tool to make sure the students are reading the books and understanding what is happening as they read. It is very good for comprehension before students take an Accelerated Reader test (like a pre-test) as well as a way of showing progress through reading and recording.
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Shakespeare Twelfth Night character spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun differentiation

Shakespeare Twelfth Night character spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun differentiation

This is a spinner for the characters of Twelfth Night. It is a revision tool that can be used as a starter, plenary, whole lesson or independent task if you have access to a computer. You start it as a presentation and press the spin button. You stop the spinner by pressing 1 and it will point at a characters name. You then need to press the button belonging to that character. This will take you to a slide with activities on it. The activities are Red, Amber and Green with the students choosing what they want to do then moving to the next task up. You press the back button to go to the spinner again and the process starts again. It is editable so you can change it to suit your needs.
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Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream spinner revision tool ICT interactive differentiation tasks

Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream spinner revision tool ICT interactive differentiation tasks

This is a spinner for the characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is best used as a revision tool and could be a starter, plenary, whole lesson or independent task if you have access to computers. You start the presentation then press the spin button. To stop the spinner, you press 1. It will be pointing at a character. You press the button belonging to that character and it will take you to an activity page. This is editable so you can make it suit your needs. If you do buy it and use it in other ways, please feel free to message me and let me know what you did with it. I would be really interested. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
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Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing Character spinner revision tool differentiated tasks

Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing Character spinner revision tool differentiated tasks

This is an editable spinner for the characters in Much Ado About Nothing. It would be best used as a revision tool and could be a starter, plenary, whole lesson or independent study if you have access to computers. You start the presentation and press the spin button. You press 1 to stop it and it will land on the name of a character. You then press the button of that character and it will take you to a page where there will be activities. You can adjust these to suit your needs. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
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Plenary wheel

Plenary wheel

This is an editable wheel made using PowerPoint which you can use for plenaries. It would also work as a starter. All you need to do is insert text where it tells you to put it and follow the instructions on the slide.
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Logic Fortune teller for revision questioning plenary, starter differentiated fun and creative

Logic Fortune teller for revision questioning plenary, starter differentiated fun and creative

This is an editable fortune teller template that allows you to question students in pairs. It is a tool for differentiation and an alternative way to have students interrogate each other. It is also quite fun so would be engaging. Get students to cut it out and build it themselves to develop their logic skills. They could also think of information they would add to it themselves to pass on and tests others with - there could be a competition for who could make the one that had the most challenging questions about that subject/topic. The green questions would be the easiest with the blue questions being the ones that require far more thinking to complete (the most challenging). Students have the freedom to choose their own level of questioning and. if you type the questions in to the fortune teller, they wont know what questions are going to be asked. You could make them very general or as specific as you needed. Alternatively, it could be a way of revising a topic with the answers being the reveal and the questions replacing the colours on first layer. It could also help with dexterity which in turn would aid handwriting.
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Independent learning DT tool risk assessment display and advice cards for basic tools HandS

Independent learning DT tool risk assessment display and advice cards for basic tools HandS

These are a set of cards for some basic tools used in DT (coping saw, vice, hand file, sanding belt and soldering iron). Use these for Health and Safety in DT. They are editable and easy to copy to make more specialist tools. On each card there is an image of the tool, a description of what the tool is, a step-by-step guide on how to use the tool and a handy hint. On the back of each card there is a risk assessment which informs students what they should be aware of, what they should be wearing and how they should be handling each tool. This resource was created to promote independent practice in the workshop. It also gives handy success criteria, both in how to use the tool and how to use the tool safely. This success criteria could be used as self/peer assessment and all they would need to do is highlight it and maybe make a note next to it to show communication in marking (as we all know how difficult it is sometimes to show marking in a practical subject). You could give students a copy of these each or have them as a classroom display. You could even hand them out as A5 group handouts to introduce independent thinking of health and safety in the workshop.
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Interactive reading display with book review and reading dictionary

Interactive reading display with book review and reading dictionary

This is an editable interactive reading display which allows a very hands on approach for students to get them more interested in reading and thinking about reading. It develops vocabulary skills as well as independence. It promotes having a growth mind-set about reading and students can have a feeling of ownership when using it as the display becomes theirs. It also comes with a book review which is quite detailed. There are two differentiated versions of the book review. One is to help with handwriting and the other is to help with handwriting and to reduce the amount of questions being asked. There is a reading tips section which allows students to be able to give advice, write down what works for them and generally have a positive collection of reading thoughts to help with growth mind-set. I suggest that students use Post-it notes but you can record thoughts in numerous ways so it doesn't have to be by using them. There are five questions which can help guide the students but I am sure other tips will be generated once those questions have been answered anyway. This can be as interactive as you want to make it and it certainly makes reading in to more of a growth mind-set within the classroom as it is all positive and there to help.
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KS3 DT Health and Safety Passport for Engineering, Product Design and Electronics.

KS3 DT Health and Safety Passport for Engineering, Product Design and Electronics.

This is a PowerPoint which can be made in to a booklet for students to use as part of an introduction to health and safety in the workshop. It is designed to last a whole year, if not two/four years depending on the tools you want them to use and when you want them to use them. There is also a PowerPoint to use in class which explains hoe to use the book. I would use this alongside getting the students to create something which used lots of tools. It starts with a hazard symbol identification task; a fire escape route task; a task to identify the placement of machinery in the workshop/classroom space and a risk assessment for students to fill in for the workshop/classroom. The second half of the book has a space for students to draw the tools which they will use during their time in a DT workshop and for each tool there is an individual risk assessment that they fill in before using the tool. The vast majority of tools used in a typical school workshop are listed with space for the students to sketch them. The student then signs off the tool when they have used them. Once the teacher is happy with their use of the tool they can sign off (this is an excellent way to show assessment in a practical subject, one in which I gained high marks for when undertaking work scrutiny). It can be as detailed as you want as you make the decision based on what the students write. It is also an excellent booklet to gain peer and self assessment for practical as the students could assess each other on their use of the tool rather than on what is written. Then the self assessment can be the students assessing what they have written based on their practical experience. The desired outcome is for the students to show their practical skills as the task you could do alongside this could be a very practical task (such as hand craft an acrylic media player holder or a wooden decorative box/garden totem). It is also a way of you showing to the health and safety inspectors that the students do get a thorough health and safety SOW during their time in DT. You will need to add a suitable image to the first slide and slide 6. This can be made in to an A4 booklet or an A5 booklet. To make it in to an A5 booklet you need to print off the document as A4 and then use a photocopier to make a folded booklet using the appropriate settings on the industrial photocopier you are using.
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