Tag Archives: first grade

Idea 245: Self-Checking Differentiated Conjunctions Challenge Sheets

Whenever I teach a Maths or Grammar lesson I like the children to receive any corrective feedback there and then, rather than perhaps going and making a mistake repeatedly and not finding out about it until the next lesson. To … Continue reading

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Idea 241: (FREE Resource) Part-Part-Whole Differentiated Quiz-Quiz-Trade Cards

This is a resource I put a bit of time into making but that I use fairly regularly as a 5 minute activity in my Maths class. Print off the resource and give one page to each pupil. Then ask … Continue reading

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Idea 238: Quickfire Dice!

A very simple and very enjoyable activity with a wide range of uses. Teach this near the beginning of the school year and it can be used as a warmer throughout. One die needed between each pair of children. Let’s … Continue reading

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Idea 232: Football Maths (Adding 3 single-digit numbers)

This is an activity I invented that my class LOVED and which really helped them work on their mental addition, in particular by finding out which is the easiest and fastest way to add 3 single-digit numbers together (a Year … Continue reading

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Idea 230: The Big ‘Mental Maths Chat’

Choose some single-digit numbers and ask who can find the answer: DO NOT praise anyone who shouts out! DO NOT even praise children who can get the answer quickly, ONLY praise them if they can explain their thought process to … Continue reading

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Idea 228: Teaching Exam Technique With ‘Spoof’ Test Marking

I wanted to familiarise my class with the format of an upcoming test and the type of exam skills needed to complete it. The most obvious way to do that is to simply give the children a test to complete. … Continue reading

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Idea 227: Improving Handwriting with Guide Sheet

I do short daily handwriting sessions at my school, and the recommended resource we had was a booklet printed in green and yellow that split a standard writing line into 3 lines, to give space for ascenders and descenders. It … Continue reading

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Idea 223: Reading Comprehension ‘Twisted’ Father Christmas Lesson with FREE Resources

This lesson is aimed at dealing with a problem I’ve encountered when teaching reading comprehension: when reading a piece of text about something they have encountered before, many of the children tend to use their pre-existing knowledge to answer questions … Continue reading

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Idea 218: Pick a pair! Maths Starter/Discussion Activity

A nice mathematical reasoning warmer you can have on the board as your class come in for them to do on whiteboards. They have to choose any two numbers and see if they can find two (or more!) reasons they … Continue reading

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Idea 217: Problem Solving Lesson With Number Lines, ‘Find the Fibs!’

I showed the children a number line, then added in the numbers in green. Children could work with a partner to discuss which numbers they thought were not in the right place. We had a discussion about HOW they were … Continue reading

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