All Writing articles – Page 8

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    Tech Tools for Teachers: Social Questionnaires

    Nik Peachey explores social questionnaires and how we can use them to create motivating classroom and homework tasks.

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    Explanations: Science

    Keith Kelly looks at examples of language used in delivering questions and explanations from the area of science, covering wh- question words, statements as questions, asking for explanations, possibility and uncertainty, explaining a process and conjunction phrases.

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    Tech Tools for Teachers: Word Clouds

    In the third instalment of his series, Nik Peachey looks at word clouds and how they can be used to help students develop their vocabulary, understanding of syntax and reading and speaking skills. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on word clouds, a downloadable lesson plan, and a printable how-to guide.

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    Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting

    In the first instalment of his brand-new series, Nik Peachey looks at podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on podcasting and a downloadable lesson plan.

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    Roots: Geography

    Keith Kelly provides a comprehensive lesson plan with both a language and content focus accompanied by an alphabetical list of root words used to form words commonly used in geography.

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    Lesson Share: Grammar: The accident

    Mandeep Locham wins the Lesson Share competition for a second time with a lesson that uses the subject of workplace accidents as a basis to revise the past tenses.

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    Experiments: Pay-me game

    Students complete exercises on related vocabulary, sentence order and where to use the infinitive / gerund, and design a poster. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

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    The Gift of the Magi: Part 2

    This advanced-level story is set in New York at Christmas in the early 1900s. It is about a young married couple who are poor but very much in love, and want to buy each other the best Christmas present possible. The story is told in two parts; each part contains audio and an accompanying lesson plan written by Ceri Jones, which includes teacher’s notes, student worksheets and a full transcript and glossary. 

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    Experiments: Water purifier

    In this experiment, pupils observe how dirty water can become clean using a few simple pieces of equipment. Students complete gap-fill exercises to practise related vocabulary and identify mistakes in a series of images relating to the experiment. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

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    Guessing game: Past continuous

    An accuracy-based guessing game for pairs to practise What were you doing … ? , You were -ing , and I was -ing .

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    Getting more out of Owl Hall

    Lindsay Clandfield gives a whole host of extra tips and suggestions for extending Owl Hall in the classroom so that you and your students can really make the most of this exciting series.

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    Experiments: Matchbox paddle boat

    In this experiment, pupils learn about the build-up of stored energy and its subsequent release by building a boat powered by an elastic band. Students complete gap-fill and matching exercises practising related vocabulary and the first conditional before placing a sequence of images relating to the experiment in the correct ...

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    Measuring: Science

    Keith Kelly looks at examples of the language of measuring in science, covering structures including adjectives and adverbs, nouns and word formation.

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    The Terror of Blue John Gap: Part 4

    Part 4 of this horror story continues with Hardcastle desperate to tell someone he trusts about his encounter with the monster. In this lesson, the students will: retell the story so far and predict what will happen next; listen to the fourth part of the story and answer comprehension questions; ...

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    Measuring: Geography

    Keith Kelly looks at examples of the language of measuring in geography, covering structures including adjectives and adverbs, nouns and word formation.

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    Experiments: How strong is that wind?

    In this experiment, pupils make a wind monitor from different weights of material. Students find illustrated objects in a wordsearch and understand the strengths of different winds before writing a report on the experiment. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

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    The Terror of Blue John Gap: Part 3

    Part 3 of this horror story continues with Hardcastle trapped in the dark in an underground cave. In this lesson, the students will: complete a brief comprehension task on the previous chapter; read contrasting summaries of the chapter and determine which one is the most likely outcome; listen in detail ...

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    Flashcard game: both / neither

    An accuracy-based team activity that practises the use of both , both of , neither and neither of .

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    Life on Mars

    Students summarise a long essay on the topic: Is it possible that life evolved on Mars? They are then challenged to debate the topic in three different groups. A useful language box provides ideas to keep the debate going. A writing exercise then has students writing their own essay on ...

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    The planets

    These resources take a more in-depth look at the planets and contain a lesson plan, teacher’s notes and a PowerPoint presentation.