Random Lesson Planner

This page should give you a random starter, main and plenary idea for a lesson. Most of the activities require minimal preparation, and whilst the examples I give are usually science related, the majority can be used in all subjects.
  • Starter: Similarities and Differences

    Write down five similarities and five differences between X and Y. Give students a sheet of scrap paper to work on. First to get five correct similarities and differences gets a merit. Five seems like a good number that is … Continue reading

  • Main: Wiki

    Wikis take a bit of getting used to – there’s a learning curve for both you and the kids at the start – but they’re actually very easy to use and are a brilliant educational tool. I use the wiki … Continue reading

  • Plenary: Charades

    Another simple activity – prepare a list of cards with key words on. Students come up one at a time and try to act them out without talking. The first student to guess correctly comes up to do the next … Continue reading

To get a new set of ideas just refresh the page, or you can browse through all the starters, mains and plenaries individually. I'd be very grateful for more activity suggestions - if you have an idea you'd like to share please email it to random@mrgravell.com and I'll put it in the database.