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14 Ways to Use Cloze Sheets in Your Classroom

14 Ways to Use Cloze Sheets in Your Classroom

Do you use cloze sheet type printables (gap filling, find the word, whatever you like to call them) in your lesson? I really like them because they make sure the children are actually reading the text, they have to think about what the missing words could be and then they needs to choose the correct words for the sentence. Done well these types of exercises can be great learning tools. Sometimes just filling in the missing words on a worksheet can become a bit repetitive. So here are some ways to spice up a cloze sheet activity. Silly words Give...

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Start a Topic Using a Knowledge Harvest

Start a Topic Using a Knowledge Harvest

  A great way to start any topic is with a knowledge harvest. A knowledge harvest is a lesson which gathers together prior knowledge the class has along with the things they want to learn from the topic. It allows the students to share things they know with each other and also steer the topic in the direction they are interested in.    My favourite way to do this is with large sheets of paper laid out on tables and allow the children to walk between the tables adding their knowledge and questions to individual sheets.  Not only is this...

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Adventuring Into Escape Rooms

Adventuring Into Escape Rooms

I've always wanted to try escape rooms in the classroom. They seem like such fun, I think learning while having fun is the best way!  The reason I have been reluctant to try escape rooms is, they seem so complicated. The set up, the execution and the marking all seemed like crazy amounts of work and energy.  The thought of locks and keys and boxes all seemed a little overwhelming, this was really putting me off. Then I realised I didn't really need all that. I could start small just use puzzles to solve and codes to crack. If I...

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Five ways to bring video into your classroom

Five ways to bring video into your classroom

Video is such an underrated classroom tool. Sure we put on the odd science video and the end of term class treat DVD, but video in the classroom is very under used!  There are so many ways to use video in class, here are my five favourites: Record the learning Kids love seeing themselves on video, recording then watching back their learning is not only fun but also reinforces the concepts learnt. Record parts of the lesson as news report, a documentary or have the children show off finished projects Send messages home A fun twist on notes home to parents,...

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Planning and Teaching a Science Unit

Planning and Teaching a Science Unit

I love to teach science in primary school it is one of my favourite subjects, the kids get so excited and the learning happens in such a big obvious way.  I used to run in to problems with my science lessons however, I would have a topic for a term perhaps and plan out the lessons for that topic, but by midway through the topic would run out of steam. It always starts strong, a big exciting start to the lessons with an experiment maybe or examining something cool, but as the weeks go on the lessons become more routine...

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