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free starter activities

If you are a big fan of a 'silent starter' or like to have something ready on the desk, then please download these templates. More being added all the time. 

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GCSE Mixed starters

Create quick mixed starters for GCSE classes to prepare your students for mixed format exams

Students peer mark

Gives you lots of data

Can use as retrieval

Here are 3 free ones to download. 

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6 box booklet

6 blank boxes on one sheet of A4. Students fold this into a simple booklet and then fill in the theory from the topic

  • Nice back-to-school activity

  • Ideal for a reminder of lessons just before a holiday

  • Great for retrieval

  • Could work as an extended starter

  • Works with any topic

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TIERED WORDS

Simple activity challenge students to think of words in 3 tiers. You can name these as a group (Bronze silver gold etc.)

  • Improves use of vocab in essays

  • Can be used as a retrieval exercise

  • Helps to encourage students to reread their notes

  • Good to feedback as a class and share suggestions afterwards

  • Can be live marked

  • Rewards can be given for best tier 3 words

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REVIEW SHEETS

USEFUL IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED A UNIT

  • Students work back through notes / text book, or whole class with you

  • Could also be given as homework

  • Review the key theory, cases and vocab for that unit

  • I made the template on Canva - it comes as a PDF so it's just here for inspiration.  

  • Idea adapted from a History starter

  • version to download is just the 1.1 for the Edexcel A level

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CRACK THE CODE

Thank you to Helena @LCBusinessJC for this idea please follow her on Twitter

Students have to fill in the blanks with keywords from the unit

Perfect for retrieval

  • One A4 page could be projected and students just write down the answers

  • The template is editable so you can add in a school logo or numbering

  • Challenge students to do each letter in a different colour

  • Includes answers on 2nd page

  • Nice pairs activity

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MATCH THE TERM TO THE DEFINITION

Students have to draw lines between the term and the definition, this was made in Canva and saved as a PDF

  • Great for mixed ability

  • Can be used on a white board and invite students up to draw lines 

  • Can be printed out for a silent starter

  • Great for retrieval

  • Ideal for boosting business terminology

  • Download this example for 1.4.4 Edexcel GCSE

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TARSIA MAKERS
 

This sample Tarsia comes as a PDF and is for Edexcel GCSE 1.4.1

You do have to spend time making them and cutting them out, or send students a link and challenge them to make their own

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WORD SEARCH MAKERS
 

This website makes FREE word searches which can be printed with no adverts but does not give a solution

Download this example 1.4.2 Edexcel GCSE

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CROSS WORD MAKERS
 

This crossword maker creates a PDF for free, then you need to press back and create a PDF of the solution 

Download this version for free for 1.4.3 marketing Mix

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BINGO

This link makes 30 FREE different bingo sheets

You call out the definitions and students mark them off. Have a scoring system, for example:

4 in a row scores 5

4 corners scores 10

You can make them themed e.g. Christmas 

Good for:

Retrieval

Key words

Learning business terminology

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CHAINS OF REASON

This is a chains of reason activity for 3 mark questions

You can cut these up and get pairs to identify the two chains or ask students to write out their version of a 3 mark answer

This one is for customer service but is intended as a template or idea

Quick to write a bank of these from the mark schemes of past papers. 

Example includes answer

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Find it and fix it

This is an error correction activity template. 

Students are given an incorrect answer to rewrite with the corrections

Stretch and challenge starter or plenary

Project the answer and let them self mark

This one is for 1.4.1 Edexcel GCSE

Example includes answer

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MONEY AND PEOPLE 

This is a good starter to have handy when students have given in an essay and used the words money and people

Good for increasing understanding of business vocab

Suitable for GCSE and A Level and Level 2 and 3

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TRUE OR FALSE

Nice quick starter, read the statements and tick of they are true or false

This is just a template for you to add your statements

For a stretch and challenge activity ask students to write their own statements and then swap with a partner to see if they get them right. 

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