Author Archives: Mr Gravell

Splat!

This is a really simple plenary that takes no time to prepare – just write a load of keywords on a big whiteboard at the end of the lesson. Two students come up and stand in front of the board … Continue reading

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Blockbusters

This activity requires a small amount of advance preparation but it’s worth it. It’s based on the old TV game show with the same name. Split the class into two teams and choose one member of each team to come … Continue reading

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Plenary Circle

This is a simple way to finish off a lesson. Arrange lots of keywords around a circle on the board, and ask students to try to create sentences that link those keywords together. If you have an interactive whiteboard you … Continue reading

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Mini Whiteboards

Mini whiteboards are pretty useful at any point in a lesson to check what the kids have learned. In case you haven’t heard of them, they’re small whiteboards that come with a whiteboard pen and an eraser, usually in a … Continue reading

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Tedious Link

This is an adaptation of “Dave’s Tedious Link” from the Chris Moyles Show (watch this video if you, like me, don’t actually listen to Radio 1). The idea is for the kids to link together two things in the maximum … Continue reading

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Picture From Memory

This activity is a more interesting way of learning labelled diagrams, like these plant and animal cells: Print out one copy of the diagram and enlarge it to A3. Put students into groups of around four and give each group … Continue reading

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What’s the Question?

Write a selection of answers on the board – students then think of questions which lead to those answers. There can be many different questions that lead to each answer. Example Answers: 1. Fossil Fuel 2. The Sun 3. Coal … Continue reading

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