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: Odd One Out

    A simple and self-explanatory activity – write some words on the board, give students some thinking time then ask them to pick the odd one out. You can make some obvious, with only one sensible answer, and others more open … 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: Plenary Dice

    Or, more accurately, Plenary Die (there’s only one). Write a list of six questions/tasks like: Say one thing you have learned today. What would you like to know more about in this topic? Ask a student a question about today’s … 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.