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Data Collection and Averages - functional tasks

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Tue, 2012-09-18 19:18

Numeracy: Functional Maths, Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.3, HD1/L1.4, HD1/L2.3, HD1/E3.1, HD1/L2.4

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Worksheet or assignment

A set of differentiated tasks for construction students. I used the E3-L1 task with my Entry to L1 group and then the more challenging task with my L1-L2 students.

The use of measure is aways useful for my students as it is something they need to practise constantly given their vocational areas. The lesson was enjoyed by all, especially the hands-on measuring task prompted lots of fun and discussion.

How many Mo Farahs are there? 1-10

Submitted by Fiona Campbell on Wed, 2012-09-12 15:41

Literacy: Ww/E1.1

Pre-entry: N1/M8.1

Free tags: Olympics

Context: Sport

Level: M8, E1

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Topical PPT adapted from Chris Farrell’s How many smileys 1-20 (see below).
use as a starter in pre-Entry/ E1 ESOL, Maths or literacy groups.

Clicking reveals the number (as a digit) and a further click reveals the number spelt out as a word. Good used with small individual whiteboards.

Young drivers - reading, discussion and writing

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

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An original resource to generate discussion, practise reading comprehension and writing skills (formal letter). Ideal for Functional Skills Motor Vehicle students. Aimed at L1-2 although the discussion is also suitable for Entry Level.

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.

Lasagne instructions

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2012-09-07 16:34

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

Free tags: Recipe

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Reading practice based on a lasagne recipe.
Ideal for mixed ability groups. Questions range from straightforward E3-L1 comprehension through to the features-of-text type that are so important at L1-2 Functional English.

Can be used in conjunction with “Using imperatives “ PPT (see below) and could lead on to a recipe writing type task (writing frame also available below).

Summer fayre probability

Submitted by Judith White on Thu, 2012-09-06 13:33

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD2/L1.2

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Topical summer probability practice based on a childen’s lucky dip game at a fair. Answer sheet included.

Adapted from Halloween Probability (listed under See also below).

Film trailers note taking & writing an email

Submitted by Emily Nichols on Wed, 2012-09-05 22:12

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Lesson plan, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame

An engaging and interesting lesson plan and note taking worksheet for a session using short film trailers to develop email writing skills.

Learners watch and listen for the relevant information and discuss and negotiate, expressing their opinions and developing soft skills such as turn taking. They then use the information to write an email invitation, combining informative and persuasive / inviting language.

Out for a drink Functional Maths

Submitted by Alexander Ross on Tue, 2012-09-04 13:42

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Leisure Travel Tourism, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A Functional Maths activity based on a group of friends going out for a drink together. The main focus of the activity is on money and time calculations, but there are other elements included for variety.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to Functional Maths and Adult Numeracy, with answer sheet.
Based on a text about a micro-brewery that also provides reading practice for E3 Functional Englsh.i

Literacy: General literacy / English, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Context: Business & Money management, Politics & News items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A functional skills practice writing task for English at E3-L2. Learners write to the Bayfords, recent winners of the £148m Euro Millions jackpot, suggesting what they could spend the money on to help others (or themselves!).

Could be linked to maths: examining costs, interest, odds of winning etc.

Metric and Imperial measurements

Submitted by Louise Dumbell on Tue, 2012-09-04 13:37

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/L1.7, MSS1/L2.5

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Informative presentation

In the construction trades there is still a need for some students to understand the difference between Imperial and metric units of measure. This is a Powerpoint presentation to help with this. I have used it with E3 and L1 students.

Editor’s note
I have classified this as L1 and L2.

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