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Interactive starters and plenaries - share good practice here

Discussion in 'Primary' started by jog_on, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. wicked witch

    wicked witch New commenter

    Similar to Bluerose's idea, definition bingo where you give the children a selection of words to choose 4 from, then you read the definitions. First one to cross off their 4 words wins. It works well with maths, sci,geog and french.
  2. Thanks for the ebay link bluerose. I didn't even think to look on ebay to buy resources. I can see what I will be doing all morning for my PPA!!!
  3. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

    Thanks for all the ideas! It's great that we've got so many to share :)

    Am adding to the document as we speak.


    PS Brenden - we are doing something that will appear on this site in the resource bank. Thanks for the link though :)
  4. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

    Document is now three pages long - looking good!

    Keep the ideas coming :D
  5. Have everyone sat down at basic level if doing initial sounds everyone has a card with that sound on if word begins with it they jump up then sit again.
    At higher level could be if they have answer to a problem or if they have the missing punctuation as teacher reads
  6. that one with bands on head or post its on back and you have to ask questions but cant be told exactly what it says to work out who you are eg famous person, a number a colour etc Kids need training in right questions using twenty questions type game to get them ready for this
  7. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

    Alien Counting
    Explain to chn that you are going to be using an alien form of counting and asking questions in maths today. Tell them that each time you pat your shoulders that is a unit, each time you click your fingers that is a ten and if you pat your head, that is a hundred. Use this technique to create a number ? can they tell you what it is? Great for place value. Can also use arms to create multiplication sign and then get them doing calculations. They must answer questions using the alien technique. Hope this makes sense.
  8. Some interactive whiteboard starters/plenaries on my site, all resources free to use:

    My newest, a blockbusters style quiz:

    Bingo which comes with books that it can check itself:

    A boggle style game:

    Keyword jumble, comes with maths keywords but you can enter custom words. I use it mainly as a filler exercise:

    Stage Cross, a game that I use for small group plenary competitions at the IWB:
  9. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

    Thanks :) Have added them to the list
  10. hi jog on can you post your email
    i have stuff that i can send you
  11. started a trawl of here as there are always good ideas that get buried this is what i got on first 3 pages of starters sort
    WOW up words powerpoint and word booklet looks useful http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/education/support_for_schoo...

    Posted by: CB123 at 01 Feb 2008 23:00

    You could get the children to close their eyes and describe something to them, then ask them to draw on white boards what they think you are describing. Eg i have shape with 3 sides - look at all of childrens ideas. Extend to 4 sides, 2 sides are the same length. Depending on ability add in things like it has a line of symetry. Can they name the shape they have drawn etc
    Posted by: thehawk at 02 Feb 2008 08:31

    give them an answer and ask them what the question is. This generates discussion.

    "What number am I?" game - ask you yes no questions until they find it.
    3 | Posted by: Andrew Jeffrey at 21 Feb 2008 19:03

    Get the children to draw 3 dashes on some paper, as if for hangman. Roll a die an call out the number.

    They have to write the number in any one of their spaces. Repeat twice. At the end they will have a 3-digit number. Everyone with the biggest number wins a point. Do this a few times and record their points on a class list or the board. Use tally marks as an added learning opportunity.

    If they are Low Ability, start with two dice. HAPs can develop to four dashes.

    Important questions to ask are "Does anyone think they definitely have the biggest number possible? How do you know?"

    You can vary it with the target being to find the lowest total instead. Probability is being brought in very subtly, but this is a strong way to develop their understanding of place value.
    It is great for KS2 as well, as it gets chldren used to saying the names of big numbers correctly. By Year 4 or Year 5 you can use up to 7 dice, so if you rolled 3,5,4,2,1,6,1, for example, they have to be able to say "Six million, five hundred and forty three thousand, two hundred and eleven" to win the point.

    Posted by: going_lala at 11 Feb 2008 11:16

    I often use number fans - so that every child can answer, they have to find their answer then keep it hidden and we all turn them round at once so then you can see who knows and who doesn't!

    Also i would talk about using kinesthetic strategies such as having number cards and asking the children to order themselves, i have done this with ordinal numbers and a pretend bus queue. I have also done it with random numbers up to 100 and the children had to be in order largest to smallest.

    I also sometimes ask the children to work in pairs and think of 5 answers (eg number bonds to 10.) They have to hold up 1 finger everytime hey think of one till they get to 5, sometimes we see who can fastest (especially with facts the SHOULD know!)




    Posted by: choccie77 at 01 Feb 2008 22:04

    The best thing I have done so far is to make each child a colourful laminated 3x3 bingo card. You can use them for all sorts of starters - tables, adding 10, ten less, doubles - the list is endless. You can do it on small whiteboards just the same but having a card each makes my class enjoy it more for some reason!

    Posted by: thehawk at 02 Feb 2008 08:31

    give them an answer and ask them what the question is. This generates discussion.

    "What number am I?" game - ask you yes no questions until they find it.
    Posted by: nicolagraham at 28 Jan 2008 20:10

    I play this one for number bonds and xtable facts but basically works for anything with rapid recall.
    I have also made sherriff star badges that I give to the winner! My kids (y2) it but I also did it at interview for my school with Y4 and the head loved it!

    Posted by: queenie80 at 21 Jan 2008 22:27

    hi there, only just seen this.

    How about odd and even popcorn?

    All chidlren stand behind their chairs. If you shout out a even number they crouch down,a dn if an odd number they jump up? Last few in win.

    4 | Posted by: queenie80 at 10 Feb 2008 19:09

    a game i played with years 1,2 and 3 (mixed clasess) was odd and even popcorn. All children stand behind their chairs and you shout a number. If even, the chn crouch down - if odd they pop up!

    Also on placement I observed the teacher using a small ball and shouting out quick questions to chn such as times tables. (i did this with a ball but we were doing fractions in main part and had plates of cereal on tables, and a child threw the ball back, didn't throw it far enough and hit one of the plates sending cereal everywhere - I would use a beanbag!)

    A book I have bought is fizz buzz - numeracy starters with little resources. http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/show...

    When with yr 1/2 I also used rainforest maths a bit too for quick activities.

  12. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

    jog_on_tes @ yahoo.co.uk

    Wow - thanks bluerose...great searching! :)
  13. shell43 at 19 Nov 2007 06:37

    I am taking the lower ability group for Maths, (mainly 2C in a year 5 class). I want to make learning multiplication and division facts and number bonds fun. So far I have a great musical times table CD. I was thinking of games for number bonds, such as throwing a small ball and shouting a number to a child, they throw it back giving me the number bond to 10, 20 or 100.Also giving out number cards and the children have to match themselves up.

    Andrew Jeffrey at 19 Nov 2007 07:54

    Some good ideas. Also, for some children, a beanbag works in place of a ball as it doesn't roll away if you drop it.

    The bond to ten game is very versatile. For example, what about making it the 'doubling' game, or the 'one less' game, or the 'nine more' game?

    mtong at 18 Nov 2007 18:41

    There's a thing on that fiery website that generates an object, a character and a setting, then get them to build a class story, get one sentence from each child, my kids loved it and tried to come up with elaborate sentences


    cariad2 at 18 Nov 2007 19:31

    I put together a VCOP ideas bank for a staff meeting, and it's on the Resource Bank if that would be useful.

    Write a word on board and they look for other words hidden in it

    good book Jumpstart!: Literacy - Games and Activities for Ages 7-14 (Paperback) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jumpstart-Literacy-Games-Activiti...

    noun adjectivegame two children at front one starts with a noun eg chair and opponent says an adjective that could describe it eg brown other child says noun that could be described as brown etc repetition or an er in the game leads to you are out. Can make it harder banning all colours

    Fizz Buzz: 101 Spoken Numeracy Games - Ideal for Mental Maths

    squirrel9367 at 19 Nov 2007 07:23

    I have used this with my year 5's by getting them to call out the answer. The first answer I hear is the one I click. We're trying to beat our score. I am also going to send it home as a link to practise at home.

    shape starters by trinity0097
    Call out a shape name (or it's features) and pupils draw it on a mini whiteboard
    - Shape bingo
    Stick a shape on the forehead of a pupil, they have to guess shape by asking yes/no questions of the rest of the class.
    - Put 2 coords on a grid and pupils come up as many pairs as possible to make a certain shape.Opera Diva at 11 Nov 2007 16:46

    Decision tree - yes no shape sorter

    Lift the flap 'who am I' cards - drawing of shape on inside and list of properties on outside.

    Feely bag/box

    Identify a shape when only a part of it - shape reveal - can they say why they think it's a ? because of what they can see - could it be something else????

  14. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

    Have stuck the document on the outstanding site. Will also be putting it onto the resource bank once it's complete. Will keep updating the one on the outstanding site.
  15. iceni

    iceni New commenter

    Can you put a link to it on here please?
  16. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

  17. you were in too much of a rush jog on
  18. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

    Yes...just wanted to prove that I am actually working during the hols! ;)
  19. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter


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