Warm-up

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

Sparkling sentences for bonfire night

Submitted by Jo Collins on Sun, 2010-03-07 22:29

Literacy: Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Teaching idea, Warm-up

Sparkling sentences for bonfire night is a lovely seasonal literacy starter activity that covers adjectives, adverbs, sentence structure and punctuation. The focus is on extending simple sentences to compound or complex setences. You will need a packet of sparklers.

Think of a number

Submitted by Fiona Campbell on Thu, 2009-12-03 17:24

Numeracy: N1/E2.3, N1/E2.4, N1/E3.3, Mental maths

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Warm-up

Level: E2, E3

A great way to start a class – provides mental maths practice for E2-E3 but also suitable for higher level learners who can try it out with with large numbers and discuss how it works!

Mental maths dice game

Submitted by Leon Szymanski on Mon, 2009-08-24 17:25

Numeracy: Whole Numbers, Mental maths

Resource type: Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3

A super, quick-to-prepare paired game (all you need is paper, pencil and two dice) that is easily differentiated for any E1-E3 group. Example games include addition, subtraction and times tables.

Decimal on-screen slider

Submitted by Celyn Osuji on Tue, 2009-08-18 11:54

Numeracy: Mental maths, N2/L1.6

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Warm-up

Level: L1

A rather nifty Word document template where learners can move the digits to the right or left to see the changes in place value when multiplying or dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

Simple division - triangular jigsaw

Submitted by Debbie Ellis on Tue, 2009-08-11 17:25

Numeracy: N1/L1.5, N1/L1.6

Resource type: Revision material, Tarsia jigsaw, Warm-up

Level: L1

This 16 piece triangular jigsaw is a great way to revise or recap simple division. As usual with Tarsia puzzles, you can choose to print either a standard or large version of the puzzle (select Output – large, i.e. three pieces per A4 sheet).

All Tarsia jigsaws can also be printed out as flashcards / dominoes.
You will need Tarsia Formulator in order to use this resource. See our Good Software – Tarsia Formulator entry for more information about this excellent free educational tool from Hermitech.

People bingo v2

Submitted by Marion Crocker on Mon, 2009-02-09 17:25

Literacy: Speaking & Listening

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

Level: E2, E3

Students must circulate and question other class members in order to complete the bingo grid. Makes a great ice-breaker or warm-up activity. Also makes a good lead in to sentence work.
Aapted from Heidi Griffin’s original version (see below), this new version is differentiated for a slightly higher level learner group and includes sentences to be completed by the learner. Covers many speaking & listening elements (asking & answering questions, giving personal information, etc.).

The Name (or Category) game

Submitted by Louisa Baddiley on Wed, 2008-09-24 16:52

Literacy: Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Resource type: Warm-up

Level: E3, L1, L2

A warm-up activity. Students must choose letters of the alphabet and then complete the given categories. The more unusual their words (i.e. if the words are not used by other class members) the more points they get!

People bingo

Submitted by Heidi Griffin on Mon, 2008-09-15 16:52

Literacy: Speaking & Listening

Resource type: Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3

A great Entry Level ice-breaker or warm-up activity. Students must circulate and question other class members in order to complete the bingo grid. Also provides a good lead in to sentence work. Covers many speaking and listening elements (asking and answering questions, giving personal information, etc.).

Holiday brochure appetiser

Submitted by Heidi Griffin on Thu, 2008-09-11 16:52

Literacy: Rt/E3.4, Rt/E3.5, Rt/E3.6, Rt/E3.7, Rt/E3.8, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L1.4, Rt/L1.5, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.6, Rt/L2.7

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Teaching idea, Warm-up

A great warm-up activity. Students work in pairs to find information in holiday brochures. Easily adapted for your own brochures. Covers scanning, organisational features, detailed reading, etc. at E3-L2.

2012 stadium

Submitted by June Mill on Tue, 2008-09-02 16:52

Numeracy: Number

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Warm-up

Level: L1

A short article with multiple choice questions and ideas for discussion. Several of the questions also require general L1 numeracy skills with time and large numbers, making this a good all round starter activity.

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