These may already form part of your everyday teaching repertoire but here are five activities to try tomorrow. Each has a differentiation and challenge added.
Quiz Quiz Trade
Everyone I know seems to understand this one differently. I have seen it used in MFL and English in different ways. It can probably be applied to other subjects too. Here’s how I make it work in my classroom.
- Get the mini-whiteboards ready
- Project on screen 3 questions students have been learning.
- Students pick one of the questions and write it on their board.
- Students go around the room. They must ask a question, answer a question and then swap whiteboards.
- They must perform 5,6,7,8 swaps before heading back to their seat.
Differentiation: You can differentiate this by getting students to write the start of an answer on the other side of the whiteboard.
Front of whiteboard: ¿Qué llevas normalmente?
Back of whiteboard: Llevo…
Challenge: You could have students put a word on the back of the whiteboard that has to be incorporated into the answer. You could increase the variety of questions used or vary tenses used by questions.
Rewards: whilst the students are doing this, go around, listen and note down the ones who are going for it. Reward them at some point in a manner of your choosing.
MM Paired Speaking
MM are the initials of the excellent teacher who showed me this. It is an information gap activity but I like it as it practises speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Students divide page into 3 columns
- Column 1 – write days of week in TL leaving 2-3 lines in between each
- Column 2 – pupils draw picture that represents vocab they have been learning such as places in town.
- Column 3 – leave blank.
- Project on board a question such as ¿Adónde vas el lunes? (where do you go on Monday?). You could also project a model answer “el lunes voy al cine” (Mondays I go to the cinema).
- Model the activity with a keen student. This stage is crucial for the activity to work well.
- Fiona asks Shrek where he goes on each day of the week. When Shrek answers, Fiona uses her final column to write down exactly what he says.
- Shrek and Fiona swap roles.
Differentiation: Weaker students might need this printing out on paper.
Challenge: You could increase the complexity of the sentence demanded by insisting pupils add an opinion. This could be done by adding a column in between 2 and 3.
Car Race Quiz
I resurrected this little gem this week. I cannot find the original car race powerpoint but you will find similar powerpoints here by the same author. Car race, horse race or (at Christmas) race to Bethlehem should work. For those of you big on knowledge organisers, this could be a different way to test them.
- Have a list of questions ready to test everything in a unit from key vocabulary to how to form various tenses or structures covered.
- Divide class into teams
- Teams take it in turns to answer.
- If they are right then click the car/horse/wise man (whichever you choose to download) and they will gradually move towards the finish line. If a team is unable to answer, pass it to another team.
- Winners are first to the finish line.
Differentiation: This can come through the questions you ask and how you tailor the activity to the students in front of you.
Challenge: you could turn this activity into a translation challenge. First group to produce correct translation of a particular phrase gets to move their car forward.
Song gap fills
I don’t do these too often but a colleague of mine did one with a class recently. Find a song and take out a variety of vocabulary. You could look for words with a particular phoneme that you want students to practice or remove some verbs you have learnt recently. They listen twice or three times trying to put in the missing words and then you show them the lyric video for them to check their answers.
It is best done last lesson of the day or you will be hearing it all day. Whilst my colleague suggested Kevin y Karla (check their Youtube channel out), This one was a hit with my year 9s:
Differentiation: depends on the quantity words you take out.
Challenge: have two versions with words removed. Remove significantly more from one version, or equally put the wrong words in and students correct them.
12 sided dice topic revision
If you have a set of these then great. If not then tell students to roll a six sided die twice and add the numbers.
Set 12 tasks on the screen that link to the topic you have been studying. Give each task a points score according to complexity.
1 Simple vocabulary recall task
2 Explain grammar structure
3 Translate something
4 Make a sentence including …
Differentiation: you could pair up students who are at a similar level. You could turn it into a rally-coach task (the more advanced student does their own task but coaches a weaker individual to help them achieve).
Challenge: depends on the complexity of tasks set