Special educational needs lesson plans and activities: Gifted and talented

Resources and ideas for special educational needs, gifted and talented, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

Where on Earth? (Book 1)

Where on Earth? (Book 1)

Where on Earth? (Book 1)TEN crossword puzzles (and few extras as freebies). Download them and put them onto a flash drive on your keyring. That's TEN very cool and interesting and educational lessons in your pocket.An excellent small group activity, homework, or even for the speedy kids who finish an activity early. Very very good for the kids with messy handwriting. Or those with concentration issues. A simple pdf booklet with some simple and fun crosswords about the world's countries, capitals, well known landmarks (and food). It's quick to download. Store it on a flash drive and have some simple, easy to administer resources at hand in case you have a substitute lesson or a bunch of rowdy kids in your classroom at lunchtime or you're near the end of a unit and waiting for that other class to catch up or a bazillion other situations where you want to occupy the students with a good, simple learning activity.Where do they eat haggis? Where's Vienna? What's the capital of South Africa? Who said Rabat? That's Morocco. Is it one r or two? Morocco... I was on holiday there once and... oh, the food. Food? Who said Lebanon? Baklava? Sushi? That's from Vietnam, right? Where's Vietnam? Is there a map in the room? A globe? What's Uluru? Is it a mountain in New Zealand? Oops, that might start an argument in the staffroom. Can we get back to the food? Tiramisu and pain au raisin - at the same time? Where to in the next holiday? Hvar? Dubrovnik? Mauritius? Banff National Park? Christchurch? Koh Samui? Colombo?There are a few extra puzzles just for fun too. Nonsense Rhymes Crosswords... if you like Dr Seuss, you'll love these. They're just fun to do on the bus on the way home from school.

By BFP

Climate Change Crosswords

Climate Change Crosswords

Climate Change Crosswords is a pdf document containing 5 crosswords that focus on the greenhouse effect, global warming, and climate change - and what we can do about it. There isa bonus puzzle about the Amazon Basin - perhaps the most significant region in terms of climate change. There's another crossword on The Might Mi__i__i__i River. (And then some more on Africa, Asia and Europe - for a rainy day.)Climate change is real, it’s here, and it’s getting worse, but there’s hope. That’s the message of these crosswords. Climate change is happening because of global warming which is happening because humans burn too much fossil fuel, cut down way too many trees, use cars instead of bicycles, throw away too much food, and farm too many animals. The glaciers are retreating. The ocean is warming. The polar ice masses are melting. The sea level is rising. More extreme weather events are occuring. And the worst affected are the poorest people because they tend to live near the edges of rivers and the sea.What can we do about it? Each puzzle includes suggestions. Hopefully these crosswords educate students about what is happening to the earth’s climate and its people. Hopefully they’ll learn why it’s happening and how climate change can be stopped, or mitigated. There’s something a little sneaky and tricky about crosswords. Kids feel compelled to finish them. Try them.

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The World News Crossword  (May 21st 2017)

The World News Crossword (May 21st 2017)

The World News Crossword (May 21st 2017) is a simple crossword based on last week's news events. This week there are THREE BONUS puzzles (The Mighty Mississippi, USA's states, and a puzzle all about Climate Change). These puzzles are engaging and interesting learning activities. The World News Crossword enthuses students to discuss news events around the world. The US president met Turkey's president and it didn't go so well. The US president then flew to Saudi Arabia where he'll attend a meeting also attended by a leader wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. Why did North Korea's leader fire another missile? The leader in the Philippines banned cigarette smoking in public. France inaugurated its president and he flew first to meet Germany's chancellor and then to meet French troops in Africa. And Ukraine's president banned the country's two most popular social media sites. The News puzzle can be used with young or old students, individually or in small groups, in class or for homework. The three bonus puzzles can be used when substituting for absent colleagues or during rainy lunch times.

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Geography: Map skills

Geography: Map skills

Geography: Map skillsA set of TWO crosswords: Map skills 1 and Map skills 2and TWO bonus puzzles: The India Region and the Australasia RegionSuitable for Key Stage 3 Geography, GCSE/IGCSE, or A Levels/IB Diploma.Each crossword makes an excellent group or individual activity and can be used as a revision/reinforcement activity. In-class or for homework. These puzzles are great for stashing away to be used when colleagues are absent.Answers included.

By BFP

Geography: Weather & Climate Crosswords

Geography: Weather & Climate Crosswords

Geography: Weather & Climate CrosswordsA set of TEN crosswords: The Water Cycle, Weather, Rain, Anti-cyclones and Depressions, Climate, and Micro-climates. And Climate Change.Suitable for Key Stage 3 Geography, GCSE/IGCSE, or A Levels/IB Diploma.Each crossword makes an excellent group or individual activity and can be used as a revision/reinforcement activity. In-class or for homework. These puzzles are great for stashing away to be used when colleagues are absent.Answers included.

By BFP

Geography: Geographical Enquiry Skills

Geography: Geographical Enquiry Skills

Suitable for Key Stage 3 Geography, GCSE/IGCSE, or A Levels/IB Diploma.Bonus puzzles: European capitals, African capitals, Asian capitals.Each crossword makes an excellent group or individual activity and can be used as a revision/reinforcement activity. In-class or for homework. These puzzles are great for stashing away to be used when colleagues are absent.Answers included.

By BFP

Geography: Tectonic Processes Crosswords

Geography: Tectonic Processes Crosswords

Geography: Tectonic Processes CrosswordsThe Earth, Boundaries, Volcanoes, Eathquakes and 3 bonus puzzles (USA & Canada, Central America, South America).Suitable for Key Stage 3 Geography, GCSE/IGCSE, or A Levels/IB Diploma.Each crossword makes an excellent group or individual activity and can be used as a revision/reinforcement activity. In-class or for homework. These puzzles are great for stashing away to be used when colleagues are absent.Answers included.

By BFP

Thinking Skills Think Outside of the Box Series ~ Quick Starts

Thinking Skills Think Outside of the Box Series ~ Quick Starts

Today’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 time**********************************************************CONTENT• 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**********************************************************RELATED RESOURCESThinking Skills Surprising Shapes**********************************************************Teacher's Toolkit Thinking Skills

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The Ultimate P4C Resource Pack [Philosophy for Children]

The Ultimate P4C Resource Pack [Philosophy for Children]

This is the ultimate Philosophy for Children (P4C) Pack: perfect for any teacher wishing to bring philosophy and critical thinking into their classroom. It contains 20 resources and includes: -An 8-Lesson P4C Course -Debate generating software -Philosophy Boxes Discussion Sessions -A P4C Display Pack -A host of other tools and templates Teaching philosophy is my passion and this resource has been made by me over years of spreading the joy of philosophy to young minds. I hope you will help me bring philosophy into the lives of children around the world by using this resource . This product is suitable for any teacher (around the world) to bring P4C into their classroom. It provides enough resources for whole-school initiatives and may be of interest to those in leadership positions, or coordinating P4C/PSHE/SMSC/Ethics provisions. Its uses include: -Introducing philosophy and P4C -Boosting critical-thinking skills -Enhancing metacognitive ability -Practicing conversation and debate skills Feel free to email me with any questions :) Adam, godwin86@gmail.com ---------------------- "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." - Swami Sivananda

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Challenge Cards for More Able Students

Challenge Cards for More Able Students

These cards are designed to be given to your strongest students as an extra layer of differentiation. There are 6 different challenges for students to complete, all of which they must finish within the lesson. They are non-subject specific and can be used for any age group. They were created with large mixed ability groups in mind, where you might not have time to create separate resources to challenge your brightest pupils.

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Phoncis: Initial Consonant Blends  - CCVC Words Bundle 1

Phoncis: Initial Consonant Blends - CCVC Words Bundle 1

This teaching bundle contains 13 packs of resources relating to Phase 4: Letters and Sounds CCVC words. It includes PowerPoint Presentations, flexible lessons plans, flashcards of words with and without sound buttons, pictures and words for group activities. A variety of worksheets to reinforce learning - cut/paste, missing letters, sentence work and matching pictures to words activities. Initial blends are: -bl -br -cl -cr -dr -fl -fr -gl -gr -pl -pr -tr and -tw For a complete bundle to include s-blends, please visit: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/phonics-initial-consonant-blends-ccvc-words-bundle-2-11605427

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Split screen teaching resources

Split screen teaching resources

In split screen teaching a teacher will have the learning objectives or conceptual understanding, i.e. “What am I learning about?” on the one hand and at the same time, specific learning objectives about how the learning is happening, “What am I learning to do and be?” These cards are designed to support the "what am I learning to do" through prompts that encourage regular reflection during the unit or lessons to identify this.

By Ellemac76

The World News Crossword (May 14th, 2017)

The World News Crossword (May 14th, 2017)

The World News Crossword is a simple PDF that can be downloaded and printed in just a few minutes. It's a simple activity suitable for PSHE, English, Geography, Economics... Crosswords are good for supporting language learning, for research skills, for handwriting, for logic and thinking, for collaboration and team work... And students will learn about what happened around the world last week... Somalia requested an arms embargo be lifted but at the same time about 6 million Somalian people are facing food and water shortages because of a drought. The US is close to finalising a $US100 million arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Rory McIlroy signed a $US100 million equipment deal and Sergio Garcia hit a hole in one in the same tournament that another golfer hit three tee shots into the water for a sextuple-bogey. The DRC announced an Ebola outbreak and Brazil announced the end of its Zika virus crisis. There was a worldwide cyber-attack on hospitals. The Russian Foreign Minister visited the White House and the president sacked the FBI’s director. Russian police arrested 11 people for reading the Russian constitution aloud in Red Square. They also arrested a man for filming himself playing Pokemon Go inside a church. Germany’s economy grew significantly in the last quarter. China announced a $US100 billion infrastructure plan to boost economic growth in Asia. Solar power is at a record low price in India and Dutch officials opened a new wind farm in the North Sea. The US will definitely lose all of its glaciers in the next few decades (not counting Alaska’s glaciers of course). The US secretary of state signed a commitment to protect the Arctic and to support scientific research into climate change. Paris’ Gare du Nord was evacuated and small bomb exploded in Rome. Emmanuel Macron won France’s presidential election. A mathematician and a bullfighter are candidates for his party’s general election. The US Air Force secret unmanned space plane landed after more than 700 days in space. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone because it’s a secret.)Of course, this activity is less about what happened and more about why... Why is China aiming to boost the region's economies? Why did Emmanuel Macron win with such a large majority? Why will the US' glaciers all be gone soon? Let the students chat about the puzzle's clues and see where the discussion goes.As always there are some bonus puzzles for the students who finish early, for students in a lesson that you have to substitute for, or just for fun during a rainy lunchtime... This week the bonus puzzles are about the Pacific countries, Europe, and well-known world landmarks.

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What happened in our world? May 7th, 2017

What happened in our world? May 7th, 2017

This is a simple crossword aiming to encourage students to ask about what's happened in their world during the last week or so. The puzzles are excellent for a lively and informative home room period or even a substitution lesson when the absent colleague hasn't left enough work. You save your precious time and the students get to learn about last week's news events...India launched a communications satellite that may be able to find some rats that drank the banned alcohol. Mark Selby won the world snooker championships and Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby and Eliud Kipchoge didn't quite break the 2 hours for the marathon. An Argentinean was rescued from Canadian mountain and an 85 year old Nepali man died on Mount Everest. Wolves returned to Denmark and rhinos returned to Rwanda. The Pope doesn't approve of a bomb being called the mother of all bombs. Bombs were defused in Hannover. France held presidential elections and also passed a law requiring fashion models to produce a medical certificate to prove they're healthy. Schoolgirls were hospitalised after a gas leak in India and some of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls were returned by Boko Haram in Nigeria.Of course, this puzzle activity is not about getting the crossword completed correctly. The real goal os to get the students asking about the stories in the news. Why did Nike sponsor the sub 2 hour mile attempt? Why were there bombs in Hannover?Why did Venice ban new fast food outlets? Download and then print the simple and easy to use PDF and save time preparing for the next Economics, Geography, Business, or PSHE lesson. This week, there are 2 BONUS crossword puzzles: one is about Asia's countries and capitals and the other is about Africa. These are handy to print and have ready for emergencies.

By BFP

Nonsense Rhymes Crosswords 3

Nonsense Rhymes Crosswords 3

Simple to download and print and use.Develops phonemic awareness, reading skills, spelling, logic/reasoning skills, and handwriting.

By BFP

Geography (KS3) Geomorpholgical Processes

Geography (KS3) Geomorpholgical Processes

A set of 5 crosswords supporting the KS3 Geography Geomorpholgical Processes topic (Rocks, Weathering, Erosion, Rivers, and Coastlines).It's a pdf document so it's quick and simple to download and print. An excellent group or individual activity, revision/reinforcement, in-class or for homework. Answers included.(3 bonus puzzles included that are ideal for substitution lessons.)

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Think time PowerPoint timer, 3 seconds to 2 minutes. 20 slides.

Think time PowerPoint timer, 3 seconds to 2 minutes. 20 slides.

Ensure you embed appropriate think time into lessons with this fun think time, ppt timer. From 3 seconds to 2 minutes the clouds slowly float out of the screen. Add prompts such as key words into the thought clouds to differentiate. Simply copy and paste keeping sources formatting. Allowing think time is shown to increase the length and correctness of responses, the number of "I don't know" and no answer responses decreases and volunteered, appropriate answers also increases. Teachers who embed think time in lessons show questioning strategies which tend to be more varied and flexible and decrease the quantity and increase the quality and variety of their questions. This leads to asking additional questions that require more complex information processing and higher-level thinking on the part of students. Find more great resources for free at sellfy.com/pigeonlearning.

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End of Term Mega Bundle

End of Term Mega Bundle

Great for class time or tutor time for older classSuitable for ages 5-11 (or edited for older children)End of term competitionCyberbully DisplaysAnti-Bully activityComic strip activities (says KS1 but can be used to KS3)Free interent links to resourcesA full tutor time packageHTML Beginners worksheet!60 second countdownSEN emotion cut out cards (can be used for EAL)PLEASE: Don't forget to give a great review! Every 5 star reviewer can claim a free classroom poster on the subject![][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]Go to my shop on TES resourcesMany more on the same subject and othersPress HERE for more Resources [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

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The Debating Society Toolkit

The Debating Society Toolkit

An amazing collection of 20 resources and tools for school debating societies.It is perfect for anyone with a new or established debating society.The author has been involved in debating societies since he was, himself, chairman of The Debate Club at Magdalen College School. He went on debating until he gained a masters degree in Philosophy.This pack is the culmination of 4 years of P4C experience. It features 20 high quality debate generating and discussion leading programs.It's great for SMSC, P4C, PSHE, and teachers of RE, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Politics, Citizenship and such :)Feel free to ask me any questions: godwin86@gmail.com

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Body Parts Photo Cards for Autism, Pecs

Body Parts Photo Cards for Autism, Pecs

Body Parts Photo Cards (8 pages) for Autism, Pecs, Visuals, Speech Therapy, ABAThe pages must be printed on photo paper, laminated and cut out. You`ll get 2 sets of cards- one icluding picture names in border bottom and the second one including them in border top. Use velcro on the back side of each card for pecs purpose. There are 28 cards that will help students with autism and special needs learn about their body parts.The body parts included are: arm, back, cheek, chest, chin, ear, elbow, eye, face, feet, finger, forehead, hair, hand, head, knees, legs, lips, mouth, nails, neck, nose, palm, shoulder, stomach, teeth, toes, tongue.*** 2 bonus pages are added including some body parts for different races.

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WHAT? HOW MANY? WHAT COLOR? Adapted Book for Autism - Book 2

WHAT? HOW MANY? WHAT COLOR? Adapted Book for Autism - Book 2

What? How Many? What Color? Interactive Book (38 pages) for Autism, Special education, Speech Therapy, ABA, TEACCH.This is an activity to practice identifying the attributes of what, the number, and the color of a group of items. There are 30 groups of items. The student will match the corresponding picture to answer the question - What? How Many? What Color? There are 2 ways to use this file:1. Print the pages and use them as a “cut and paste” activity. The students will use glue to paste the correct answers where necessary.2. Print all the pages on photo paper and laminate them. Cut out the pages containing the colors, numbers and picture. The last 4 pages will serve as boards for the types of answers (“what?”, “how many?”, “what color?”). Use Velcro on the back side of each card and in the middle of each blank square on the boards as well as on each square containing the questions. Thus the activity can be reused as many times as needed.This is a great matching activity for K and 1st gr and for students with autism.

By angiesiddd

What Animal Am I? Reading & Critical Thinking Activities

What Animal Am I? Reading & Critical Thinking Activities

A real comprehension builder! Written information, graphics, and learning activities focusing on more than 70 different animals can be found in this 24-lesson unit. Each worksheet features three creatures. Students match a written description with pictures, then answer related questions. Additional research activities are suggested.Example: Partridge - Panda - PikeI am very rare. I live in the bamboo forest of southern China. I have a white, chubby body. My legs, ears, and shoulders are black. I have black patches around each eye. What is my name?”As students learn facts about a wide variety animals, they will enhance their reading and comprehension skills. Two overall review pages are included and can be used as pre/post tests.

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Creme egg crazy Easter math quiz. Great as a starter, end of lesson or form activity for Easter.

Creme egg crazy Easter math quiz. Great as a starter, end of lesson or form activity for Easter.

Creme egg crazy Easter math quiz. 20 question slides of increasing difficulty. Starting with +, -, / and x. Moving onto square root, square and cube numbers, all using crème egg images.Answer sheets and mark scheme slide is included. Tie breaker is to count the crème eggs. Change the difficulty by moving on the slides quicker or slower. Fantastic to use for the last lesson before the Easter break as a starter or fun plenary activity.Great transitions to keep students engaged. Why not buy a creme egg for the winner!

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Practical Practice Reading {Bundle}

Practical Practice Reading {Bundle}

Help your students develop important life skills with these easy-to-use activities sure to strengthen their abilities in reading, writing, spelling and following directions!

By RemediaPub