I used these knowledge organisers last year for the GCSE topics – Britain, 1890-1930, The Cold War and The USA, 1918-41 – and they proved to be very helpful in the final run-in for the exams. Thought they would be useful and are easy to adapt for other topics.
As part of the revision process, I have been using Kahoot! quizzes with my GCSE classes and they absolutely love them. Kahoot! is such an excellent site to design engaging quizzes, games and surveys. The links below all lead you to my quizzes on different aspects of the Cold War. I will add more once they are written and hope that they are useful for your classes.
The Creation of the Berlin Wall
The Causes of the Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia
Reagan and ‘the Evil Empire’
Gorbachev – Glasnost and Perestroika
These adjusted resources are for a lesson on the impact of the Berlin Wall.
I first saw Scrabble being applied in lessons by Amjad Ali and his original post can be found here – https://www.trythisteaching.com/2013/07/scrabble-tiles/ – since then, many others have used the idea with variations with great success. Indeed, when I used it in an interview lesson, the students gave it a round of applause they liked it so much.
A variation of this idea I have used recently, is to give the students the Scrabble value of a ‘mystery’ word which is linked to the lesson. Using the Scrabble score card, students have to work out the ‘mystery’ word – it could, of course, be more than one word.
An easy to apply extension is to challenge the students to set each other mystery words and exchanging the value of their mystery words to work out.
These resources are for a lesson on the reasons why the Berlin Wall was built in 1961.