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Starters and plenaries

Give me ten

A starter or plenary task. Students work in pairs before joining up with another pair to expand their list.

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Three facts

A starter or plenary task in which students are asked to write down three facts that they can remember off the top of their heads about the topic.

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Whats your opinion

Starter and plenary task. Students are given a statement about this topic and asked to discuss their opinion in pairs. At the end of the lesson they can reassess whether their original opinion has changed

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3-2-1

Lesson starter. Display this on the whiteboard as students are walking through the door. They can work individually or in pairs to come up with the answers. Good for differentiation as all students should be able to get at least one of the six points.

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Pick me

This provides a differentiated starter or plenary activity. Students are given a question and work in groups to come up with an answer.

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Compare and contrast

A starter activity in which students are given two items and asked to consider the differences and similarities between them

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Questions to ask

A starter task. Students are given a list of categories and asked to write down the questions they would like answered from today's lesson

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What why how

Starter or plenary task. Students are asked three questions framed as “What?” “Why” and “How?”

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Just a minute

Can be used either as a starter or a plenary task. Students are given a sheet to complete firstly on their own, then with a partner and then joining up with another pair

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Plenaries

Taboo

A plenary activity. This task follows the traditional Taboo game. Students work in teams with one student from each team having their back to the board. A word is displayed on the board and teams take it in turns to describe the word to the student without actually mentioning the word itself.

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Talk about

A plenary task. Students work in pairs with one student talking about the topic and the other monitoring how many of the displayed key words they mention.

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Teach me about

Lesson plenary. Students become the teacher! One student is tasked with preparing a five minute revision starter about this topic for the beginning of the following lesson.

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You are the teacher

Students work in small groups to prepare a lesson on this topic. They are provided with information and tips about the tasks they need to prepare.

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Mastermind

A plenary activity which is loosely based on the game show 'Mastermind'

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Crossword

Students are given a crossword to solve with clues relating to key words for this topic. Answers are provided.

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