Independent living

Social Ups and Downs (game)

Submitted by Andrea Slade on Mon, 2014-12-08 20:25

Pre-entry: N1/M8.1, SLlr/M8.3

Literacy: SLlr/E1.3

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/E1.1

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Game, Listening and/or speaking activity

Level: M8, E1

A counting game along similar lines to Snakes and Ladders. Learners will learn turn-taking, following instruction & basic counting skills. In addition, they will pick up social and communication skills along the way.

(Print onto A3 – a dice and counters needed)

Editor’s note
A PPT version is also included to enable the game to be played on a smartboard.

Distances from my home

Submitted by Martyn Staines on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:01

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Length weight capacity temperature scales

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Context: Independent living, Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1

A worksheet where learners research and record findings using Google maps. The idea is to get them familiar with reference points for distances. Gives learners an idea how far places are from them in real terms, and teaches them to estimate with measurements.
Also provides good practice with the Google maps app on phones, Mac or PC.

Budgeting Spreadsheet

Submitted by Neil Marshall on Tue, 2014-03-18 17:50

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E2.1, MSS1/E2.2, MSS1/E3.1, MSS1/E3.2

Context: Business & Money management, Independent living

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Interactive worksheet

Budgeting Spreadsheet: Students enter amounts into a self calculating spreadsheet to work out a persons budget for the month.
This resource is best used around the topic of budgeting and bank accounts. I used it alongside the excellent Barclays Money Skills site.
Students enter the items from the A student’s Spending for the Month into the Budgeting Spread sheet. This automatically calculates the totals and allows the student to think about the budget without the barrier some find in doing the maths.

Adjectives in order (review and practice)

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Tue, 2013-09-10 15:47

Pre-entry: Speaking & Listening

ESOL: ESOL Sc/E1.4a, ESOL Sc/E1.4d, ESOL Sc/E2.3f, ESOL Ws/E1.1a, ESOL Ws/E2.2a

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

Used with an Entry Level 1 ESOL group.
1) Bring in some real objects such as a long red wool scarf, a green plastic bag, a small silver mobile phone. Discuss the word order used to describe them. Learners can describe their own bags, phones, and clothes as necessary and write some examples on the table.
2) Put the adjectives in order in the example sentences and check as a group.
3) Role play.

Cash machine Functional English tasks

Submitted by Sue Cawdron on Thu, 2013-04-04 21:49

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Business & Money management, Independent living

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

This resource arose from a conversation with a learner who had lost their debit card a number of times in the cash machine because they couldn’t read the screen fast enough.

I used it by discussing each of the screens with learners and then having them work through the reading text and the accompanying exercises.

Income & Expenditure

Submitted by Susan Vickers on Wed, 2013-03-06 18:31

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E3.1, MSS1/L1.1

Context: Independent living

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A straightforward addition and subtraction worksheet which can be used a starter or a worksheet for adult learners. Also useful for teenagers doing budgeting, independent living, etc.

Counting and using money

Submitted by Joaquin Llorente on Tue, 2013-02-12 15:56

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E1.1, MSS1/E2.1, N1/E2.1, N1/E3.1

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

Teaching learners at Entry Level I have found that many of them have difficulties using coins to pay for their snacks or checking their change.

This resource includes a collection of worksheets that start with several number sequences counting in twos, then move on to count the total value of different number of 2p coins and finish asking the learner to count the number of 2p coins that they need to make up different amounts.

Writing cards

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-09 19:45

Literacy: Writing, Functional English - writing

Context: Independent living

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

A set of cards including birthday, get well, good luck and new baby aimed at E1/ E2 learners. Print them off and fold in half as practise for writing short messages. It may help to elicit suitable phrases from students and discuss suitable layout for their text inside the card.

I also recommend bringing in some sample envelopes to help learners recognise how to lay out a name and address.

Ideal for Entry Functional English writing.

Literacy: Rs/E1.1, Rt/E1.1

Pre-entry: General pre-Entry

ESOL: ESOL Rs/E1.1a, ESOL Rt/E1.1a

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Reading comprehension, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: M8, E1

This is a lower-level version of ‘My Busy Day’ Housework by Laurence Fletcher (see below) for a basic literacy for ESOL class. Also suitable for M8-E1 literacy.
Reading comprehension, simplified cloze and sentence exercises.

Writing Christmas cards

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sat, 2011-12-17 00:00

Literacy: Writing, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Independent living

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

Two practice Christmas cards to help E1-E2 learners with writing their cards. Print off and fold in half.

I also recommend bringing in some sample envelopes to help learners recognise how to lay out a name and address.

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