Warm-up

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

A 24 piece jigsaw where pairs or small groups of learners must correctly match synonyms on triangular pieces in order to complete the hexagonal puzzle. Makes a great ice breaker or starter activity for pairs or small groups. Although synonyms are only covered at level 2 of the SfL curriculum this puzzle is also great for improving the vocabulary of E3-L1 learners.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Rw/L2.3

An original and thought provoking 24 piece hexagonal jigsaw puzzle where pairs or small groups of learners must match examples of text (e.g. novel, board game rules, bus timetable) to their main purpose (e.g. descriptive, instructional, informative, persuasive). Use for revision or as an ice breaker or starter activity. Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners solve puzzle.

Level
L1
English
Rt/L1.2

Halloween ratios for topical practice (makes a great starter activity) plus a free Halloween cakes recipe!

Level
L2
L1
Maths
AN N1/L2.3
AN N1/L1.7
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Times tables jigsaws are two 24 piece jigsaw puzzles with triangular pieces for learners to match up. Use for revision or as a warm-up activity. Covers tables from x1 to x12. two versions available – each with different questions.

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.

Level
E3
L1
Maths
N1/E3.5
N1/L1.5

Equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages hexagonal jigsaw is a 24 piece jigsaw puzzle with triangular pieces for learners to match up. Use for revision or as a warm-up activity.

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.

Level
L1
L2
Maths
Adult Numeracy N2/L1.3
Adult Numeracy N2/L2.2

Equivalent fractions – mixed numbers jigsaw is a 16 piece square jigsaw puzzle for learners to match up various numbers of halves and quarters to their equivalents. Use for revision or as a warm-up activity.

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.

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
N2/E3.2
N2/L1.1
N2/L2.4

A 16 piece triangular jigsaw puzzle for learners to match up questions on fractions of money, measures (and pizza!) to the correct answers. Use for revision or as a warm-up activity.

All Tarsia jigsaws can also be printed out as flashcards / dominoes.
See our Good Software – Tarsia Formulator entry for more information about this excellent free educational tool from Hermitech.

Level
L1
Maths
Fractions
N2/L1.2

Aim Higher makes a great starter activity. Covers mental maths and written maths with the four operations and can be extended to cover BIDMAS (order of operations). Needs standard dice and dice (or cards) with mathematical symbols (see our useful links page for a good supplier of mathematical dice). Designed by Anne Pender, Diana Hookway and Louise Rowell (Level 2 learners at Abingdon & Witney College) and Sarah Richards (who provided the dice!)

Level
E3
L1
Maths
N1/E3.5
N1/E3.3
N1/L1.5
N1/L1.6

Makes a great group starter activity. Focuses on a topical pie chart but also covers large numbers, rounding and percentages.

Level
L2
Maths
HD1/L2.1
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Quick matching activity (makes a good starter and would also work well displayed on large screen).

Level
E2
E3
Maths
MSS1/E2.7
MSS1/E3.7