This week we are using hexagons. We have attached a template (“Hexagons template”) for you to use with your classes which is a basic template of hexagons that are ready to print and use.
There are a variety of ways in which these hexagons can be used within a lesson and they are great for supporting students with consolidation of their learning. For example:
- Key terms: Place the key terms in the middle and students can write in a definition for each word and then stick them in groups that relate to one another.
- Visual hexagons: You could insert an image into each hexagon instead of a word and get students to order them.
- Timelines: Students could places key dates into the centre of the hexagons and then annotate with information and link dates together through colour coding with highlighters.
- Revision: Fantastic for revision! Students could be given hexagons with the key concepts/content/theory for a topic on and could then fill them in with the information needed and annotate with where content can link.
- Exam technique: Hexagons can also be used to help students scaffold longer exam answers at any level.
There are a wide variety examples of how to use these on Twitter and we’ve included some in the gallery below so you can see some examples.
- Use in Geography to plan an A2 essay from @LizBPattison.
- Laminated and using board pens to annotate and develop ideas from @misscs_teach.
- Visual hexagons used to consider different viewpoints/reasons from @Jivespin.
- Hexagons around an image to support structure with analysing quotes in an English lesson from @SarahStacey85.
For all of the methods outlined above you could also then get students to explain the links between each hexagon using the letters as a guide, and we’ve also attached this template for you to use (“Hexagon links template”).
Let us know how you will use hexagons in your classrooms, or if you do already use them.