I admit my lesson almost always starts with a starter activity, a hook for the lesson or something to draw upon prior learning.
In this post I share with you a few of my favourite 5 starter tasks.
5 in 5 minutes
Students are given 5 categories and are given 5 minutes to write a list of 5 associated with the category given.
4. Find your Match
This one usually requires a bit more planning than the others. As students enter they are given a card which has a corresponding card such as a key term and definition or map symbol and description or part of a key term. Quite simply students have to find the person with the corresponding card. Sometimes this is used to partner students up or to create a new seating plan. Other times it initiates the learning for the lesson and other times it is quite simply used to recall learning.
5. Mind the Gap
A simple activity to get students practicing the spelling of key terminology. These can be made as simple or complex as you wish. I differentiate on occasions by providing several lists of varying challenge or will give particular words to students that keep making the same reoccurring errors.
What are your go to starter activities? Share yours in the comments.