50 Quick and Easy Lesson Activities




50 Quick and Easy Lesson Activities

Lesson planning can be tough. One of the hardest things is coming up with new and interesting activities for students to do. It can take ages to develop an innovative new approach. Sometimes it even takes ages just to remember a great idea we had a few months before. I’ve certainly been there and I’m sure you have too.

Having thought about this dilemma I decided to write 50 Quick and Easy Lesson Activities to help teachers with their lesson planning. The idea is simple. Collect together 50 great lesson activities, explain each one and make sure the book is straightforward and easy-to-use.

So that is what we now have! Plus, all the activities can be used across the curriculum and with different age groups.

Here’s a little taster from the book:

Speed Debating

01 Speed debating is like shopping on Christmas Eve – fast, frenetic and in need of your complete attention. The only difference is that speed debating is really rather enjoyable.

Introduce your class to a statement such as: ‘This house believes democracy is the best of all governments.’

Divide the class in two and explain that one half will be ‘for’ the statement and one half will be ‘against.’ Give students 10 minutes to develop their arguments in groups.

When the time is up, ask your students to get into pairs. Every pair should have a ‘for’ student and an ‘against’ one. ‘For’ students get to speak first. They put forward their arguments for one minute as their partner listens. The roles then swap over. Finally, there are 45 seconds during which both students can argue at the same time.

Once that time is up, ask one half of each pair to stand up and find a new partner. The activity then repeats, making speed debating a little bit like speed dating!

Silent Debate

02 Take five large sheets of paper. On each one, write a question or statement connected to the topic. Ideally, these should be fairly (or very) contentious.

Distribute the sheets around the room.

Ask pupils to take a pen and stand up. They must walk around the room and visit each sheet in turn. They should read the questions/statements and then write on their own views, using their pen. When students have commented on all five sheets, they should go back and start commenting on other people’s comments.

Throughout the activity, students should remain silent. Any who speak can be sent to the ‘naughty corner’ for 30 seconds!

You can get hold of 50 Quick and Easy Lesson Activities here. Drop me a line to let me know what you think or write a review. I hope the book helps you to plan and teach some fantastic lessons!

Mike Gershon