Teacher's e-course on the S@TM: Adapting the story


E-lesson 10: Developing worksheets/activities for your story

Aim of e-lesson 10 is to help you with developing worksheets/activities for your story.

Time required: 45΄


Why use worksheets / activities (adapted from: Engaging Students via In-Class Worksheets by Cindy Wyels, California State University Channel Islands)

Worksheets are an effective tool in ongoing efforts encouraging students to engage their brains during a lesson. Worksheets used in class can also help direct students' learning out-of-class. The following list gives examples of goals that can be addressed by using worksheets.

  • Helping students focus on an underlying ‘big picture’?
  • Bridging the gap between watching and doing.  Learning  by  doing
  • Focusing students’ attention in class.
  • Delivering and/or summarizing content efficiently.
  • Encouraging students to communicate their ideas.
  • Teaching students how to learn
  • Connecting new material to previously-covered material.


Useful tips on developing worksheets & activities for your classroom.

  1. Define the aims and objectives for the lesson.
  2. Choose the teaching approach for the lesson focusing on the aims & objectives.
  3. There is a good variety of activities to choose from: group work in the classroom with arguments among the students, hands on activities, problem solving, inquiry, experimental work, text writing for linguistics literacy, poster making, etc.
  4. The aspect of evaluation is part of the learning process: students are invited to fill in a questionnaire about the quality of the video or the narration done by a professional narrator or by their classroom teacher, the quality of the story, if they have enjoyed the lesson, if their interest for the lesson was raised etc.
  5. The fact that the content of the lesson is highly rated, students from time to time are invited to answer content questions for the teacher to ascertain  if they  have constructed for themselves  the science concepts or appropriated them.


Please note: each story’s website contains some didactical scenarios for the respective story.

Some more tips (from BBC Learning English For Teachers) on worksheets:

  • Make sure the aim of the worksheet is clear
  • Give instructions on how to use the worksheet - try to make them short but clear.
  • Don’t try to do too much in one worksheet.                                
  • Remember KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid!
  • Don’t overcrowd the page with text and / or pictures.
  • Add an answer key, if one is needed.
  • Get a colleague to proofread your worksheet for errors. Use your computer’s spellchecker too!
  • Test the worksheet with one of your classes: this will help you to decide if it needs to be changed in any way.


Visit the students’ e-course [link to students’ e-course EN]  & the relevant didactical scenario [link to didactical scenario Mouchot] for the story you have chosen in order to give a glance at the activities for the students.

Develop at least one more activity/worksheet for this e-course - you can use free software e.g. Hotpotatoes (http://hotpot.uvic.ca/ ) to help you designing activities.

Keep in mind though that the activities were designed for untutored distance learning, thus no teamwork was include.


Further study


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