This is an easy but quick tool to use for mini plenaries and plenaries. I was introduced to the idea by a maths teacher on a visited to Excelsior Academy during my PGCE 2011-12.
Students have to identify and total key words from the lesson using scrabble blocks. To enhance this you could give students a point score they have to get to with three or more words, or be selective of the letters placed on the board. This is then getting the students to think about which words to choose and practising their basic addition skills.
This is a great way to get pupils enthused and hooked in the lesson. It’s your choice whether you use just one aspect of the model or build a lesson around several. The idea of the takeaway lesson links closely with the TEEP spiders and Blooms taxonomy. As an added something special, you could present the information in the relevant takeaway boxes.
Top trumps is a great way for pupils to understand the value of numbers. You can supply the students with categories or allow the students to make up their own. The students then have to give a number to each character/event for each category. The larger the number the better.
Venn diagrams are a great way for students to compare similarities and differences.