Ever since Kamila tweeted about this activity, I’ve been wanting to collect activity ideas people share on Twitter because I find that liking or a retweeting stuff like this doesn’t always translate to revisiting or using it subsequently. What I particularly love about these activities is their simplicity – the picture says it all!
— Kamila Linková (@kamilaofprague) January 8, 2018
And then thanks to the utterly prolific Pete Sanderson (@LessonToolbox), I found a lot of review activities shared by teachers of other subjects such as history, science and Spanish. I can easily see myself adapting some of these ideas for both my learners as well as for teacher training workshops. There are literally hundreds of tweets with activity ideas but I’ve selected a few that I thought were interesting. Don’t miss place mats for CPD – fair warning – you’ll have to scroll down quite a bit until you get to it.
This one’s not just a plain vanilla review activity, it’s also a metacognitive exercise where students have to decide what they need to focus on.
— P ᴱᵀᴱ Sᴬᴺᴰᴱᴿˢᴼᴺ (@LessonToolbox) February 21, 2018
This twist on Scrabble could lend itself to vocabulary, receptive skills tasks and for reviewing content knowledge such as information about teaching approaches.
— P ᴱᵀᴱ Sᴬᴺᴰᴱᴿˢᴼᴺ (@LessonToolbox) February 16, 2018
Here’s another way of presenting it:
— Karen Knight (@KKNTeachLearn) December 8, 2017
Along with the template:
Here is the blank template of the scrabble sheet. Just add task above. RT and share away! pic.twitter.com/v2AN9nGt75
— Mr Edwards (DT) (@nic_dooley) February 22, 2017
Here’s a more intensive review activity inspired by Scrabble:
Really excited by this new activity I’ve made, where ss construct model As to Qs on the topic of digestion. Each Q has a points score that must be met! Inspired by @teacherchalky1 Retrieval quiz in lesson after! #asechat #pedagoofriday @TeamScienceEdu @LessonToolbox @87History pic.twitter.com/C1ObMQXgAz The Ed-ucator (@theed_ucator) March 5, 2018
I love this blob activity. It would work well for speaking but it might also be an interesting reflection exercise.
Another recap starter idea, students have to explain which blob is which topic or key word, students can then debate whether they agree or not. A good way to check their understanding and chance to correct any misconceptions #historyteacher #TMSouthHistorians pic.twitter.com/FvYVjY8oco
— J Mosley (@Jmosley_history) February 25, 2018
This one seems similar to tasks I’ve seen in a lot of writing worksheets but the old newspaper cutout’s given me some ideas.
Planning out loud, Yr 8 are going to use range of primary sources to conclude why Jack the Ripper was never caught. Using these sources they will create a crime scene board to plot failures of investigation.Then consolidate with an exam question #historyteacher #TMSouthHistorians pic.twitter.com/cHi9YCxOQW
— J Mosley (@Jmosley_history) February 25, 2018
Speak like a historian – this is brilliant – Speak like a global consultant, speak like a teacher, speak like a researcher, speak like someone at B2?! I’m going to be using this one a lot!
— Tiglath Pileser (@TiglathPileserI) February 24, 2018
Another version of speak like a historian:
— J Mosley (@Jmosley_history) February 13, 2018
This has obviously been very popular with history teachers – here’s another:
I’ve been making my students talk like historians to improve their writing, when responding they have to use these phrases. Already seeing an impact on their writing #historyteacher #TMSouthHistorians pic.twitter.com/9Y5we200X9
— J Mosley (@Jmosley_history) January 16, 2018
A more intensive activity – the instructions are given at the top of the worksheet.
— Miss S Science (@ejjsalisbury) April 26, 2017
I think the creators of this activity intended summary pyramids to be worksheet-based but I am going to be using Cusinenaire rods to bring this to life.
Question balloons might require a lot of prep but it could also be a lot of fun.
— Rebecca Owen (@owen_becca) February 26, 2018
Place mats for prompting CPD-related reflection for teachers – this one’s just amazeballs! I can’t wait to try it out.
— Laura O’Leary (@Laura_oleary) February 11, 2017
A simple graphic organiser activity – I’m not completely sure if the learner is also required to create some kind of connection between the different pieces of information s/he writes into the squares.
— Tom Rogers (@RogersHistory) February 1, 2017
This school’s Twitter account is the friggin motherload of activities. I am obsessed with verb bugs – can’t wait to try it out with English collocations.
— HH Teaching/Learning (@HillHouseTandL) February 22, 2018
This mingling activity seems more familiar – I like the idea of ‘stealing’ a card and I think my learners will too.
Ladrones/Thieves: Y9 @HillHouse_MFL Spanish pupils selected 4 sentences and wrote them on cards. As they moved around the room if they guessed a partners sentence, they stole the card. The pupil with the most cards wins! Encouraging speaking, listening + reading #mfltwitterati pic.twitter.com/ynX94CO86u
— HH Teaching/Learning (@HillHouseTandL) February 5, 2018
This one’s a great way of encouraging learners to take more ownership for what happens in the classroom as well as their own learning.
— HH Teaching/Learning (@HillHouseTandL) February 2, 2018
I haven’t done linking hexagons in ages – I’m going to try to sneak it in for some vocabulary work.
— HH Teaching/Learning (@HillHouseTandL) January 21, 2018
I don’t know where I’d be able to use this but it looks really neat.
— HH Teaching/Learning (@HillHouseTandL) December 8, 2017
🙂 Head in a hole!
— NationalEnglishDept (@NationalEngDept) January 16, 2018
Finally, a fun emoji review:
— Roz Grindey (@MissG_History) March 24, 2017
I set out to catalogue just a few but I’ve ended up with quite a lot and I’ve only been through tweets from a few accounts since the start of this year. I think I’m going to do this as a regular exercise. I’ve got a lot more practical ideas from these tweets than I have from many ELT activity books.