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

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).

Place value subtraction game

Submitted by Emma Hayward on Thu, 2013-01-24 12:16

Numeracy: N1/E2.3, N1/E3.2, Functional Maths - number, N1/E2.1, N1/E3.1, N1/L1.1, N1/L1.3

Resource type: Game, Warm-up

Level: E2, E3, L1

Place value game involving dice and calculators. Helps build confidence with place value.
Can be used with all ability levels and easy to adapt.

Cars tally slideshow

Submitted by Matthew Tiller on Thu, 2013-01-24 12:07

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/E1.2, N1/E1.1, HD1/E2.4, HD1/E2.5, HD1/E3.3

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Investigation or project, Warm-up

The classic example of a tally is keeping track of how many cars of each colour go past in the street, but that is rather awkward to do in practice.

Use this presentation to save having to leave the comfort of the classroom! It is a PowerPoint slideshow of cars of various colours, to be projected onto the board. Tell learners to keep a tally of how many cars of each colour appear. Where a car has more than one colour, they should put it under the predominant colour.

Homophone Horror

Submitted by David Hills on Sun, 2012-09-23 16:00

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing, Ww/L2.1

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A classic anonymous poem that has the correct spelling but the wrong words.

Read the poem aloud to your students before they have sight of it. Then give them page 1 of the work sheet.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Health and safety

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Discussion points, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Warm-up, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E1, E2

Worksheets and tasks around the theme of emergencies. Written for ESOL but also suitable for adult literacy and Functionakl English.

The worksheets and tasks include reading for information, preparing and practising an emergency phone call, speaking and writing about an emergency situation. The material is set in an Irish context so some of the vocabulary is specific e.g. ‘garda’ is a police officer and ‘gardai’ is police.

Nasty Numbers

Submitted by Fiona Campbell on Sun, 2012-01-01 08:01

Numeracy: N1/E2.1, N1/E3.1

Free tags: alphabet

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Game, Warm-up

Place value starter based on an Open University course activity.

Useful as a carousel activity at the start of a lesson. Could be adapted for E2 by using 2 boxes rather than three. You may want to laminate the second page.

Scary or not scary!

Submitted by Linda M Hoole on Sat, 2011-09-24 10:12

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Resource type: Discussion points, Teaching idea, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

I have found that many numeracy students get scared when you mention terms like percentages or fractions. I therefore developed this introductory activity for my new level 1 numeracy students. They are mostly young parents who were disengaged at school and have no mathematics qualifications.

Follow me cards - measuring

Submitted by Ruth Read on Thu, 2011-09-15 11:21

Numeracy: Perimeter area volume, Length weight capacity temperature scales, MSS1/L1.7

Free tags: Follow me game

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Game, Revision material, Warm-up

This worked well as a bit of revision on measuring for a mixed class E2-L2. Also makes a good warm-up activity.
I’ve used different colours for easier and harder answers, so you can differentiate when you give the cards out (blue ones are supposed to be a bit easier, red ones a bit harder, and purple in between).

The Great Dictionary Race

Submitted by John Dodd on Mon, 2011-09-05 18:39

Literacy: Rw/E2.3, Rw/E3.3, Rw/L1.1, Rw/L2.2

Resource type: Game, Warm-up

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Fun and fast paced team game for any group from E2 to L2. The focus is on looking up words quickly and accurately. Full instructions included. Easily differentiated for different groups.
Makes a great warm up exercise.

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