These consequence cards on the Cuban Missile Crisis can be used for a variety of tasks.
A fantastic and easy to implement activity, summary pyramids helps students to summarise their learning and reduce their notes to the key salient points. Initially, I came across this idea from a slide promoted by @cyahistory, which can be seen below. However, after a little research the original idea is from Carmel Bones (@bones_carmel) who shared this idea at the SHP conference in the summer of 2016. Carmel deserves every credit for this superb idea, which has had a very positive impact upon my students.
The activity focuses around a pyramid with four or five layers of empty squares. Each layer has a question and students have to complete each layer by writing a single word in each block or rectangle in the layer that relates to the question. Students have to start at the top and work their way down with each question or task becoming increasingly demanding. In writing the questions it is helpful to use the Blooms taxonomy to make the tasks gradually more demanding and, therefore, building in an element of differentiation and stretch and challenge to the activity.
Below are examples of the worksheets and completed activities which show how students can complete the activity. Links to blank worksheets which can be adapted for any subject can be found at the bottom of the post.
Alternatively, rather than giving students to a blank summary pyramids to complete such as the one in the photograph, students could be given a complete pyramid and they have to create the questions which relate to the words in each layer, therefore, reversing the activity and encouraging the students to discover links and formaulate their own questions using the Blooms taxonomy framework.
A superb activity which can be used for any subject and huge thanks to Carmel for sharing this idea.
I was delighted to be involved in filming a number of short videos for the Bloomsbury CPD series during the summer. The first film I was involved in has just been uploaded to You Tube and is a discussion with Stephen Lockyer, a senior manager in a primary school in London, about the challenges of transition between primary and secondary school. I hope you enjoy it.
These resources are for a lesson on life for Jews in Nazi Germany before the Second World War.