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Ideas 214 and 215: Simple Ideas for Teaching Place Value / Ordering Numbers

This is a good quick activity. Everyone in the class gets to write down a three-digit number (use larger or smaller number of digits as needed depending on the age you teach), perhaps on their mini-whiteboard or a scrap of … Continue reading

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Idea 207: Noun, Verb, Adjectives Register Review

A lovely simple idea I’ve been using to review word types. I introduced the class to nouns in a short grammar lesson, then to make sure we keep revisiting the term I asked the children to choose one noun to … Continue reading

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Idea 205: Quiz Quiz Trade Differentiation Top Tip

Previously (Idea 184) I mentioned the Kagan structure called ‘Quiz-Quiz-Trade’, where children walk around quizzing each other with cards that have a question on one side and the answer on the other. For an observation I had, I went ahead … Continue reading

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Idea 204: Encouraging Children To Listen with Kagan ‘Timed Pair Share’ Structure

How I previously used ‘talk partners’ in a lesson: “Do you think a car is alive? Discuss with your talk partner what you think and why.” After perhaps a minute, I would signal for everyone’s attention and then randomly-select a … Continue reading

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Idea 189: Talking Pencils (Equalising Participation in Group Discussions)

When groups are discussing a topic, you want to ensure everyone is having the chance to speak without having one student dominate proceedings. This idea is a simple way to try and equalise participation in discussions. I think the Kagan … Continue reading

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Idea 187: Mix up, Pair up, Share Activity

This is a fun and engaging way to have children share their thoughts. I often use this activity at the beginning of a lesson as a way to have children re-cap learning from previous weeks quickly. All the children stand … Continue reading

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Idea 186: ‘Dishes and Domes’ Great P.E. Activity

A fantastic P.E. activity, and all you will need is some cones (like the ones pictured). Scatter the cones inside a set area of the gym/playground, with all the cones placed so that they are all the right way up … Continue reading

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Idea 185: Talk Partners, and deciding who gets to be Partner A!

It’s very common in primary schools in the UK to pair children in a class together to make ‘talk partners’. Children will sit with their talk partner on the carpet when the teacher is giving input to everyone about the … Continue reading

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Idea 184: Quiz Quiz Trade Game Explained

Quiz quiz trade is a wonderful activity (I think it’s a Kagan activity originally) that your class can play to help them learn facts. This activity is brilliant as it has the children going through your chosen facts again and … Continue reading

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Idea 180: Quick Plenary Activity for Facts

This is a quick and fun plenary if you have had quite a facts-based lesson. I used this in a Geography class where pupils had researched facts about Brazil in groups and shared these facts with each other. At the … Continue reading

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