Warm-up

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

20 Questions for New Year

Submitted by Tony Jenkins on Sat, 2013-12-21 17:38

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 08:05

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.

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Ww/E2.1, Rw/E2.1

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

Free tags: Christmas

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2

A fun starter or plenary activity for the Christmas season to revise spelling of cardinal numbers. The worksheet contains a version of the traditional Christmas lyrics with all the cardinal numbers replaced by gaps for students to complete, thus gaining practice in spelling the numbers 1 to 12, as required by Cambridge Progression Entry Level 1 Sentence Unit. Students are then prompted to write the remaining numbers up to 20, as required by Cambridge Progression Entry Level 2 Sentence Unit.

Addition number grids

Submitted by Emma Shaw on Thu, 2013-11-28 11:18

Numeracy: N1/E1.4, N1/E2.3, N1/E2.4, Functional Maths - number

Resource type: Informative presentation, Interactive worksheet, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2

Quick addition warm up exercise using one and two digit numbers.
An Excel worksheet with an explanatory introductory PPT (with answers).

January bingo

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Thu, 2013-11-28 09:48

Literacy: SLc/E1.2, SLc/E1.3, SLc/E2.2

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E2.2c, ESOL Sc/E2.2d, ESOL Sc/E2.3a, ESOL Sc/E2.3b

Free tags: New Year, Christmas

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Ice breaker, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2

Mingle activity to use straight after the Christmas holidays to review past simple.
Learners ask each other questions to try to find one name of another learner to fill in each square. First to finish shouts “bingo!”
Review as a group and check questions using past simple.
Give a prize to the winner.

12 Days of Christmas price list activity

Submitted by Susan Vickers on Sun, 2013-11-24 17:13

Numeracy: N1/E2.5, Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Christmas

Level: E2

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A seasonal addition activity for E1-2 learners or could be used as a speedy starter for other levels.

Text types matching game

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Thu, 2013-10-10 08:53

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2

Resource type: Sort or match cards, Warm-up

Level: E3, L1, L2

Cards which can be used as a plenary or warm up to match definitions and features to types of text.
Editor’s note
With Functional English mapping

The horror film vocabulary game

Submitted by Karen Duncan on Wed, 2013-04-10 19:25

Literacy: General literacy / English, Recognise and understand a range of words, Use knowledge of grammar

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Game, Warm-up

This is a great session starter. Students will work on their sentence construction and vocabulary with a card game that allows them to experiment with word order and effective word choice. Students have to put the words into a sensible order, even if the subject of their film is far from sensible.

In this game, students compete to make the scariest film title, or to sabotage other people’s film titles. It is a light hearted and fun game. The film titles created can also become writing prompts.

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.

Legal Age Quiz v2

Submitted by Sarah Rigby on Tue, 2013-01-29 23:00

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Literacy: General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Resource type: Quiz, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

This is great as a warm-up activity or a bit of end-of-term fun. It is suitable for a mixed ability group of numeracy learners, or indeed literacy or ESOL learners. This quiz tests learners’ knowledge of how old someone has to be in order to do certain things legally, e.g. be a blood donor. It can be used in small group or pair work (which worked well for me) as well as individually.

Editor’s note
An updated version of Carrie Bray’s quiz of the same name (see below).

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