Any resource that is particularly good for the start of a lesson

Smart Meters reading comprehension

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Thu, 2016-10-06 19:31

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

A reading comprehension activity, based on an extract from a Guardian article on the value of smart meters. Questions cover the following skills: reading for gist, skimming, scanning, identifying the use of a pronoun, vocabulary matching and inferring. Suitable for Entry 3 – Level 1.

Literacy Starter - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-10-06 17:53

Literacy: Apply grammar, Apply strategies to spell correctly

ESOL: ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Painting Decorating & DIY

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

A two sided A4 sheet that builds on the identification of verbs and the spelling rules for past tense verbs. This is followed by a simple knowledge check.

It is designed to be used as a whole group lesson starter. It is differentiated in the sense that more able learners will be expected to complete the more complex tasks.

Editor’s note
The vocabulary in the example sentences is aimed at Painting & Decorating students, but the resource is suitable for all.

Personal Data Dominoes

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Sun, 2016-09-18 20:24

Literacy: Form filling, Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E2.1, Rw/E3.2

Pre-entry: Rw/M7.2, Rw/M8.3

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E2.1a, ESOL Rw/E3.2a

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Ice breaker, Sort or match cards, Warm-up

Level: M7, M8, E1, E2, E3

Three sets of dominoes to use in warm-up and for letter and word recognition activities. The first set, for pre-Entry ESOL and Literacy learners with very low levels of letter and word recognition, matches lower case to capital letter versions, the second set is a set of “doubles”, which can be used alongside the first. The third set, for pre-Entry / Entry 1 ESOL learners, matches a category to an example. Each set has 17 dominoes, so 4 each for a group of 4 learners, plus one to start.

Typical Seaside Holiday - entry maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2016-07-13 20:49

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Based on an infographic from the I Newspaper at https://twitter.com/iNewsGraphics/status/752825714920095744
this makes an ideal starter activity and discussion prompt with the infographic displayed on a large screen.
Can also be used as a traditional paper based worksheet, aimed at E1-E3 Functional Maths learners – questions cover graphs & charts, number, shapes and position.

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A short set of questions based on a pictorial map of The Mall and surrounding area for the Patron’s Lunch event held on June 12 2016.

Classroom Objects - circle the intial sound

Submitted by Jacqui Garrett on Fri, 2016-05-13 18:19

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.2

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8

A straightforward worksheet with pictures of classroom objects and a choice of letters to circle. Ideal as a quick warm-up.

Picture - word match (food)

Submitted by Jacqui Garrett on Tue, 2016-03-01 20:42

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Rw/E1.1

Pre-entry: Ww/M8.1, Rw/M8.1

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E1.2a

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

Write or match the correct word under each picture.
Milk, bread, oil, tea, eggs, potatoes, bananas, and biscuits.

Happy New Year - introduction to algebra

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Wed, 2015-12-30 17:16

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, Mental maths, N1/L1.11, N1/L2.4

Free tags: New Year

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

An introductory PPT based task to find the value of the three words in ‘Happy New Year’, given certain values for each letter. This is followed up by a set of question cards on calculations with the letters of Happy New Year and an algebra worksheet with the same given values, using BODMAS.

20 Questions for New Year

Submitted by Tony Jenkins on Sat, 2013-12-21 18:38

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Literacy: General literacy / English

Free tags: New Year

Resource type: Quiz, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

20 literacy and numeracy questions to warm up the new term! All based on the words HAPPY NEW YEAR (can easily be adapted for other festivals such a Diwali, New Year’s Eve or Ramadan). Covers vowels, consonants, number, ratios, simple substitution, range, mode and more!
Ideal for mixed ability groups (E1-L2). Also provides very good practice in reading instructions carefully.
For higher level groups it could be completed in teams as a speed test.

A Christmas version of this resource is also available.

Murder at the Grange parts 2 and 3

Submitted by Ruth Read on Fri, 2013-12-06 09:05

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E2.3, MSS1/E2.4, MSS1/E3.3, MSS1/L1.2, MSS1/L1.3, MSS1/L2.2

Resource type: Investigation or project, Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

This is an adaptation of Murder at the Grange, which my students have always enjoyed.

I wanted to extend the work on calculating with time, so learners have to use and extend timetables and calculate multi-stage journey times. I also thought it would be good to have some female characters!

There’s a version for L1-2 and one for E2-3, although there is some overlap. In the L1-2 version I have used 24-hour times.

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