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Worn out words
Students practise using more interesting and varied vocabulary. Perfect as a quick starter or plenary.
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KS3 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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Idiom-match!
Match the card with the picture to work out what the idiom means.
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KS3 KS4 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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Summarise that!
Using a descriptive extract from 'Out of Africa', students quickly brush up on the art of summarising.
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KS3 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters and featured in our teaching pack(s) Argue and persuade pack
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Dullard!
A great game (perfect as a starter or plenary) in which students choose more zingy alternatives to dull words and test these out on a partner with a game of snap (substituting the word 'snap' for 'dullard' as required.)
KS3 KS4  |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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Vocabulary choices
A useful lesson starter. Students explore the effect of vocabulary choices using an extract from 'The Bad Spy's Guide'. (Click on the flippable Magnet tiles to reveal all of the vocabulary options.)
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Scrambled literary terms and their definitions
Twenty-five literary terms and their definitions... simply match up the two lists.
KS3 KS4 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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Toasty treat
A lovely sequencing activity to introduce instruction writing. Includes an interactive whizzy version.
KS3 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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Starters for all: prepositions
Remember what prepositions are? A word recognition task for the less able, a grammar lesson for the more... This starter includes extension work for the more able.
KS3 KS4 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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Starters for all: plurals
Important plural rules. The 's', 'ies', 'ves' and 'es' are infinitely cloned - simply drag them into place.
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Starters for all: misplaced connectives
Rearrange the connectives so that each one fits the sentence. Includes extension task for more able students.
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Starters for all: -able, -ible endings
These starters contain extension work. The -able and -ible are 'infinitely cloned': simply drop them into place.
KS3 KS4 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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Starters for all: punctuation
These starters are designed for all students and include extension work for the more able. Put in the punctuation and capital letters.
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Word games for spelling skills
Two games to use as starters.
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Kick-start discussion slides
A selection of thought-provoking, fairly general, quotations which can be used to generate independent thinking and discussion.
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KS3 KS4 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters and featured in our teaching pack(s) Argue and persuade pack
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Sci-fi compound words
How many sci-fi compound words can you form from the words given?
KS3 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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Compound words
Make as many compounds as possible from the words given.
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To be - a most irregular verb
Quick starter to focus on the tense changes of the verb 'to be'.
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Literary terminology
Match up the literary terms with their definitions. Available as a whizzy matching activity.
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Instruction writing
A fill-in-the-blanks exercise on instructions - could be a useful lesson starter.
KS3 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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An interactive matching exercise for 'Persuasive techniques bingo'
Match the terms with their definitions. Perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard.
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Poetic terms bingo
To practise recognition of similes, metaphors, alliteration and onomatopoeia.
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What am I?
A noisy starter to revise nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
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Which poetic term am I?
A noisy starter to revise poetic terms.
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Personal pronoun snap
A quick revision game. Interactive snap game also available.
KS3 KS4 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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An interactive matching exercise for 'US & UK English starter'
Match the US word to its UK counterpart.
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An interactive matching exercise for 'US & UK English starter'
Match the US word to its UK counterpart.
KS3 KS4 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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An interactive matching exercise for 'US & UK English starter'
Match the US word to its UK counterpart.
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KS3 KS4 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
An interactive matching exercise for 'Persuasive techniques bingo'
Match the terms with their definitions. Perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard. Also available as a Promethean flipchart.
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KS3 KS4 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Persuasive writing trail | Starters
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First, second or third person?
Identify whether the phrase is in the first, second or third person. An interactive multiple choice exercise - perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard.
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Bingo!
To practise recognition of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. A Teachit interactive version is available to Teachit.works members.
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Quickfire adverbs (2)
A nice kinaesthetic quiz activity using PowerPoint. An interactive version for pupils to categorise adverbs is also available.
KS3 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing trail | Starters
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Types of sentences and clauses
Simple, compound and complex sentence worksheet. Originally designed as OHTs to support the NLS.
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Persuasive techniques
Match the terms with the correct definitions and examples. Available as an interactive Matching activity.
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Quickfire adverbs PowerPoint
Lovely. Introductory presentation which would work well as a lesson starter.
KS3 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing trail | Starters
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Self-mark starters (teacher copy)
Some short, sharp and useful starter activities around spelling, punctuation and grammar - teacher's answers. Includes some further tasks and information.
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Nouns and verbs
Sort words into nouns, verbs and words that could be either. Interactive resource also available.
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Pronouns starter activities
Underline the pronouns in the sentence.
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Word scramble (Y7 W11 & Y8 W6)
Spell useful English words. Includes teacher's notes.
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Connectives lesson starter
Advice on how to use connectives to develop thought.
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Plural rules
Exploring s/es/ies plurals; f-ves plurals, plurals with vowels other than e and irregular plurals.
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Alphabetical order and using a dictionary
3 separate starter activities including all necessary resources.
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Word endings lesson starters
Materials for looking at -ible / -able / -shun endings, plus comparatives and superlatives for words ending in -y and adding - ing to words ending in e.
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Apostrophe starters
Includes 'apostrophe dominoes' to explore apostrophes for omission and an exercise looking at apostrophes for possession. [Amended 22/06/04]
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Year 7 spelling bank lesson starters
Starter activities for classroom teachers. Originally designed for the NLS spelling banks (all provided).
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Punctuation practice: subordinate clauses (teacher copy)
Includes suggested extension tasks.
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Punctuation practice: subordinate clauses
Match the main and subordinate clauses. An interactive version is also available.
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Prepositions starter activity
Includes a good list of examples.
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US and UK English starter activity
Match the US word to its UK counterpart. A number of interactive snap and matching activities are also available.
KS3 KS4 | Skills |  From the resource collection(s): Starters
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Vowels and Y starter activity
Lesson plan and resource.
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Parts of speech lesson starters
Uses the 'Parts of Speech' poem as cloze exercise.
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Persuasive techniques bingo
Lovely bingo style game, including techniques card, definitions and instructions. Also available as Teachit Interactive matching exercises.
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Lesson starters - adjectives, synonyms and antonyms
Lesson plan and resources. Use word cards to reinforce understanding of synonyms and antonyms. A Teachit Interactive exercise is also available - match words with their synonyms and antonyms.
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Lesson starters - spelling
2 user friendly lesson plans exploring vowel choices and unfamiliar words.
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Lesson starters - apostrophes
4 separate user friendly lesson plans.
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