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Thinking Skills Think Outside of the Box Series ~ Quick Starts

Thinking Skills Think Outside of the Box Series ~ Quick Starts

Product DescriptionToday’s students are the problem-solvers of the future. If they are taught factual knowledge only, they tend to respond with conventionally correct answers rather than exploring creative solutions. All students can learn to think critically and creatively.Students need to be able to judge, analyse and think critically in order to participate fully in a democratic and technological society. This can be achieved if the teacher recognises the value of thinking skills and provides opportunities for the thinking processes to be modelled and developed.This ‘Think Outside of the Box’ series provides teachers with straightforward ideas and activities to help students develop these skills.In this pack you will find 80 quick start task cards – 4 cards per page. I have provided 3 options for printing.These ‘quick starts’ are ideal warm-up activities for the beginning of a lesson. They should be used flexibly and can be used in any order at any time. As these task cards are intended for repeated use, I would suggest laminating them for durability.When to use: (10-15 minutes group/class)• at the beginning of a lesson• during circle timeCONTENT• Cover; Teacher Notes• Brainstorm Task Cards x 8• How Could You? Task Cards x 8• It Won't Happen Task Cards x 8• How Do You Do It? Task Cards x 8• What If? Task Cards x 8• What's The Same? Task Cards x 8• How Many Ways? Task Cards x 8• Recycle Task Cards x 8• What's The Connection? Task Cards x 8• Crazy Combinations Task Cards x 4• Predict The Future Task Cards x 4• TOU/CreditsPAGE COUNT: 101

By teacherstoolkitUK

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

A complete 12 week scheme of work that is fully resourced and differentiated. Contains powerpoint lessons, medium term plan, text extracts and sample practice papers. Everything you need to teach the new GCSE English Language Paper 1. Also contains revision activities for GCSE Literature Paper 1 (easily adapted to suit your texts.)

By stebbingk05

Literary Devices Display

Literary Devices Display

Intended to be printed and laminated for a wall display on literary devices. Uses examples from a lot of modern films (lots of Harry Potter!) to make explanations clear and relevant to pupils. I hope it comes in handy.

By ameliapeelia

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KS1 Writing Instructions - Pizza

KS1 Writing Instructions - Pizza

Children loved making pizzas at our Italian pizza class. Resources have been exported from an Activ-primary flip-chart. (Which also includes Italian Pizzeria style music.) Fun to play when the children are making their pizzas or working. If you would like original please message me.Check out my other resources at - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/jreadshaw

By jreadshaw

An Introduction to Dystopian Literature

An Introduction to Dystopian Literature

Resources to introduce dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature conventions to AS students, but also suitable for GCSE or KS3 students. Designed to lead to a comparative essay on 'The Road' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' but easily adaptable for your choice of novels or to stand alone as a study of the four short stories included.

By archev

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

10 fully resourced lessons to prepare students for the AQA English Language Paper 2, Section A exam: 'Writer's Viewpoints and Perspectives'.This resource bundle includes:Two powerpoint presentations totalling 142 slides.A full lesson by lesson scheme of work including clear learning objectives and outlining assessment opportunities.Eight different extracts to use with students from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each lesson is clearly structured with learning objectives, learning start activities, learning review activities and opportunities for students to demonstrate and assess their learning in a number of ways. The lessons aim to develop a common approach for tackling each question to build students' confidence. There are a number of opportunities for students to tackle the different question types and the presentations provide clear steps and guidance to support students during the assessment process. Model answers and assessment sheets also included.Extracts included:'American Sniper', Chris Kyle'The Charge of the Light Brigade', William Howard Russell'Letter to My Mother', Wilfred Owen'A Beautiful Job', Gunner William Towers (WW1)'The Death of Lord Nelson', William Beatty'We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches', Winston Churchill'Surrender Speech', Chief Joseph (taken from the AQA Reading Support Booklet)'The Gettysburg Address', Abraham LincolnIn addition to this, the presentations also include some optional Paper 2, Section B questions that link to the extracts and aim to develop students' nonfiction writing skills.The lessons and extracts are focused around the theme of war so they can be linked with the 'Power and Conflict' AQA poetry anthology to develop students' contextual understanding for the English Literature exam.Any feedback on the resource would be greatly appreciated!

By RojoResources

Library Challenge Cards

Library Challenge Cards

These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library. There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.

By sh2810

Pirates Ahoy! Writing and Literacy Tasks

Pirates Ahoy! Writing and Literacy Tasks

A variety of Literacy TasksWord mat provides useful words and phrases to support writing tasks.Pirate Character Description Sheet with Writing Prompts and Graphics Island Setting for a pirate adventure with further writing promptsSimple Drawing TasksLabel a PirateSentence StripsMapping TaskA great additional resource for a pirates topic. I would be delighted to receive feedback.

By Alice K

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Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - March '17 UPDATE

A bumper set of resources initially used in the year 4 topic of: Creating Images with Poetry, Similes and Metaphors. Due to the popularity of this resource I have included a Powerpoint I used for a very successful observation lesson by Ofsted involving describing a beach setting with similes and metaphors. I recently adapted this in this for a year 6 class I took. There is also quite a few poems I have written using Similes and Metaphors in them to create images and a few more resources too including a soothing soundtrack and background to play on your IW on loop.I have continually updated this resource due to its popularity and quality.Please check my other resources out here...https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/dave_orritt

By dave_orritt

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Teacher Excel Markbook

Teacher Excel Markbook

This excel spreadsheet can be used to record student's grades. Using a 1-10 system you can record their marks and it will automatically average the grade. If you enter J, K or L in capitals (which is converted into a smiley face) in the effort column it will also average their effort grade. This provides formative feedback and allows progress to be monitored. This is a concept and could easily be adapted for specific use, i.e. Assessment without levels, BTEC etc.

By InformingEducation

Spring  and Easter Poetry Lesson : Acrostic and Free Verse

Spring and Easter Poetry Lesson : Acrostic and Free Verse

Spring /Easter Poetry Learning Intention : to compose Spring Poems/ Easter PoemsPowerPoint presentation which provides a stimulus for a variety of poetry forms- including acrostic style and free verse.Some Spring poems to read, enjoy and perform. Vocabulary and word wall is provided to stimulate composition . In addition, some clip art and a few pro formas for 2nd draft display or publication.I have included several slide files in the preview so teachers can peruse the resource more comprehensively.Hope your learners enjoy composing Spring and Easter poems.Many thanks for free use clip art provided by http://www.clipartlord.com

By Alice K

An Introduction to Gothic Literature

An Introduction to Gothic Literature

An introduction to gothic literature, originally aimed at A2 students preparing for OCR's 'Texts in Time' coursework but suitable for GCSE and KS3, if AOs changed.Includes conventions and extracts of key texts as well as suggestions for assessment titles.

By archev

KS 2 READING PRACTICE TEST

KS 2 READING PRACTICE TEST

This resource has been created to be used as a GENTLE Key Stage 2 Reading Practice TEST. Its purpose is to increase pupils’ confidence and help prepare them for the Reading Test by offering a Test Booklet that has been designed to resemble the National Curriculum tests. Pupils will become familiar with the layout and requirements of the tests but without the ‘pressure’ associated by formal testing.The three texts are; ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ by Edward Lear. A non-fiction text; ‘Barn Owls’ and ‘Macavity, the Mystery Cat’ by T.S. Eliot. Pupils enjoy working through these classic and interesting texts, sometimes seeing them from new and surprising perspectives.A completed test booklet has also been included so pupils can ‘mark’ their own work - this saves teacher’s precious ‘marking time’ and also allows for discussion of answers. This resource is also a handy ‘pick-up and go’ resource when things become hectic in class.

By crigdon

Greek Myths: Echo and Narcissus

Greek Myths: Echo and Narcissus

This interesting and highly-stimulating lesson enables students to gain a clear and understanding of the key meanings in the Greek Myth ‘Echo and Narcissus.’ Through engagement with the story, students learn to interpret and infer the key meanings in the text, understand its predominant morals, and back up their ideas with textual evidence.The lesson follows a clear, logical, bite-size learning journey, which guides students towards differentiated learning objectives. Over the course of this journey, they become able to:- Define the key term 'moral' and identify the morals in popular tales;- Read the story 'Echo and Narcissus' and interpret the key meanings;- Identify, explain, and analyse the moral of the story in 'Echo and Narcissus';- Engage deeply with the text by inferring the thoughts and feelings of the key characters; - Test their understanding of the story by answering an exam-style comprehension question.-Peer assess each other's learning attempts.This resource pack includes:- A visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;;- Paper copies and online links to the extract needed for the lesson (end section of Act Two);- Greek Myths Definitions Cards;- Greek Myths worksheet (including answer sheet for teachers);- A logically scaffolded essay template;- A detailed lesson plan, complete with what the teacher and students should aim to achieve at each stage of the lesson.All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the PowerPoint.

By TandLGuru

Charge of the Light Brigade - Power & Conflict- AQA Literature Poetry New Spec 2017

Charge of the Light Brigade - Power & Conflict- AQA Literature Poetry New Spec 2017

A lesson that explores the poem Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord TennysonThe learning journey is linked to the AQA assessment objectives and develops students' analytical skills.The lesson comprises of: Starter activity linked to the idea of warLinks to video clips to enhance understandingA first impression grid for students to useModelled annotations with questions to scaffold annotationContextual informationA sample essay question with success criteria linked to AO'sA modelled paragraph This lesson is planned for a year 10 middle/high ability group and can be easily differentiated to suit the personalised needs of your students. Yellow lightbulbs on slides mark out stretch and challenge questions that have been included. 22 slides. All additional resources are embedded within the PPT.

By F-J-O

Poetry Anthology Revision - AQA

Poetry Anthology Revision - AQA

A template to test the students' knowledge of each of the poems from the 'Power and Conflict' poems in AQA. Meant as a revision resource so both the student and teacher can see what they remember and need to revise.

By AmyJaney88

New Zealand Sight Words – Feed the Cookie Monster

New Zealand Sight Words – Feed the Cookie Monster

A super-fun hands-on activity for your students learning their sight words at the Magenta to Orange levels of the NZ colour wheel.Laminate the Cookie Monster and cut a hole in its mouth. Students read the sight word on the cookie and feed it to the Cookie Monster. I suggest attaching the Cookie Monster to something like an ice-cream container so that it stands upright by itself and so the cookies all fall into something.Each cookie has a sight word written on it. The colour of the icing indicates the level of the sight word. There are 6 cookies on each A4 page.An alternative activity using the cookies is to take the cookies on/off a cookie tray using a kitchen spatula or a pair of tongs. This is great for developing find motor skills. A cookie tray template is provided but you will need to provide your own spatula/tongs.You may like to consider doing an art activity with your students where they make their own Cookie Monster to use with their sight words. This is a great way to personalise the activity.Included: ♦ Teacher notes♦ 2 Cookie Monsters (A4 size)♦ 2 cookie tray templates♦ Cookies – Magenta, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange♦ Blank Templates (cookies) – for you to add additional words if necessary.♦ Cookies with line underneath the word (Magenta, Red and Yellow levels only)The font used is ‘NZ Basic Script’. The letter/number shapes are the same as those recommended in the NZ Ministry of Education Handbook – ‘Teaching Handwriting’. Words Used: Magenta: I like going is mum look the am said to at went in me here my on dad a and come up can sat forRed: we get put with go no they today was where you she he this are will as too not but likes down big it little see so lookedYellow: when came one it’s make an all back day into oh out play ran do take that then there him saw his got looking of yes mother from her baby fatherBlue: have help here’s home let need again laugh soon talked could had find end making under very were your walk girl about don’t last what now goes because next than fun bag coming did or cake runGreen: always good walked know please them use want feel just left best house old their right over love still took thank you school much brother sister round another myself new some asked called made people children away water how Mrs if I’m Mr who didn’t can’t after our time mostOrange: man think long things wanted eat everyone two thought dog well more I’ll tree shouted us other food through way been stop must red door sea these began boy animals never work first lots that’s gave something bed may found live say night small three head town I’ve around every garden fast only many laughed let’s suddenly told word forgot better bring push© Suzanne Welch

By swelch_resources

Persuasive Articles

Persuasive Articles

Targeted at mixed ability KS3 pupils, this adaptable PowerPoint provides a detailed and well-modeled insight into the ways in which pupils can create persuasive articles particularly in food reviews. By comparing tabloids and broadsheets, pupils begin to explore how they can themselves create an effective article about their critic of a food experience.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards

An 8 page handout for students with activities/ Assessment and Marking Criteria.The resource focuses on Greeting cards - types / messages / predicting type / matching activity and student card production.Students are led through a series of activities that prepares them for designing their own cards and messages.Was used with a year 4/5 class , would be suitable for Upper Primary and could be used for a remedial Junior High school class. This could also be suitable for ESL students. Students had a lot of fun.

By teen91113

Drawing Solutions / Finding Facts: Primary Thinking Skills

Drawing Solutions / Finding Facts: Primary Thinking Skills

Teach the thinking process! Experts agree that when “thinking power” is improved, reading, comprehension, problem-solving, and writing abilities will follow suit. The 25, highly visual lessons in this unit utilize art, calendars, advertisements, signs, and more from which students draw solutions. (A playground is pictured. “Draw a red line to show one way to go from the swings to the pond.”) Finding facts are also covered. (A May calendar is shown. “What is the number of the first Monday?”)The inclusion of creative illustrations greatly assists the learning process. The easy-to-use activities are sure to improve critical thinking skills.

By RemediaPub

The House on Mango Street Quiz - Sections 18-21

The House on Mango Street Quiz - Sections 18-21

This 11-question multiple choice quiz measures comprehension and holds students accountable for reading The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. An answer key is included. The assessment covers sections titled "A Rice Sandwich" through "The First Job." Questions pertain to the following key details:♦ Mom's note ♦ Esperanza's desire not to eat lunch at home♦ The nun's denial of Esperanza's request♦ Esperanza's deep-rooted feelings of shame♦ Her cousin's baptism party♦ Esperanza's reluctance to dance♦ Overcoming reluctance♦ Esperanza's observation while she dances♦ A discussion on hips♦ Esperanza's similarity to Alicia in terms of a constant search for knowledge♦ Summer work♦ Flirting ♦ A distressing kiss

By inquiringmind44

Beast of Bodmin Moor Exam Question Lesson

Beast of Bodmin Moor Exam Question Lesson

Beast of Bodmin Moor Exam Question LessonHere is a very simple and straight-forward lesson based on the legend of the Beast of Bodmin Moor. Simply download and teach. No fancy stuff.Lesson Power Point contains:• Starter• Video clip• Newspaper article on the ‘Beast of Bodmin Moor’• Questions and answers• Student opinion piece on what they thing about the mythFor a full investigation lesson on the ‘Beast of Bodmin Moor’ see here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-beast-of-bodmin-moor-exciting-team-investigation-lesson-11382956Or look out for any bundle pack of these lessons.Visit my page for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: see resource material)

By EngageinEnglish

Quiz of 2016 – Perfect New Year Reflection

Quiz of 2016 – Perfect New Year Reflection

Quiz of 2016 – Perfect New Year ReflectionA fantastic quiz looking back at the highs and lows of 2016.Attractive, 53 Power Point featuring the following rounds:* Round 1 – Name the Month* Round 2 – In Memoriam* Round 3 – Famous Quotes of 2016* Round 4 – Facts and StatsAlso features, bonus, double bonus and trap rounds where you can lose as well as gain more points! The answer slides feature a fly-in answer to help build up more suspense and tension.Ideal for form time fun or fun plenary activities for any lesson.Quiz length approximately 25-30 minutes lesson time.For a great intro lesson on New Year 2017 see here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-year-2017-complete-first-lesson-11467472For more great resources and full lessons visit my shop page here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: copy right free images used. Text by https://cooltext.com/)

By EngageinEnglish

The Island – Survival Diary Lesson

The Island – Survival Diary Lesson

The Island – Survival Diary LessonAction-packed desert island survival lesson.Full lesson Power Point is recommended for two lessons and includes:* Attractive title pages throughout* Word list starter activity* Scenario page* Lesson Objectives* Discussion prompts* Writing prompts* Map drawing activityExcellent value, engaging lesson that students of all ages will enjoy!For more great resources and full lessons visit my shop page here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: copyright free images used.)

By EngageinEnglish

Using Logic & Reason: Primary Thinking Skills

Using Logic & Reason: Primary Thinking Skills

Experts agree that when “thinking power” is improved, reading, comprehension, problem-solving, and writing abilities will follow suit.The 26, highly visual lessons in this unit utilize a variety of activities to teach logic. (Read the clues and write down what Buster does on each day of the week listed. “Buster has a soccer game on Thursday. He has swim lessons 3 days before soccer…..”)Of course, reason is also covered. (“Mom asked Jill to stir the soup so it would not burn. What does Jill need to get?)The inclusion of creative illustrations greatly assists the learning process. The easy-to-use activities are sure to improve critical thinking skills.

By RemediaPub