10 Warm Ups for Lesson Plans

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Beginning your lesson plans with a five-minute warm-up or icebreaker can serve to focus your students on a new topic, open up creative thinking, and help them to apply the learning in new ways. The feedback you get from students also gives you an instant reading on where their heads are. 

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Expectations

Understanding your students' expectations is key to your success. Use this icebreaker to find out what expectations your students have about the new topic.

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Brainstorm Race

9. “The Big Short” Adam McKay plays it for comedy, but as he carpet-bombs the screen with laughs, he makes it clear that his take on the 2008 economic meltdown is a staggering American tragedy.
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“我们希望这份榜单会让大家采取措施保护自身的网络安全。”
The government is keen to encourage lending to small and medium-sized borrowers, many of whom do not have credit histories. Analysts estimate the number of Chinese consumers who are financially active but without access to credit to be 500m.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

At the risk of having the song stuck in your collective classroom head all day, this icebreaker is a good one for customizing to any topic. Whether you’ve gathered to talk about math or literature, ask your students to share their top three favorite things about whatever it is you’re there to discuss. If you have time, go back around for the flip side: what are their three least favorite things? This information will be even more helpful if you ask them to explain why. Will your time together help to solve any of these issues?

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If You Had a Magic Wand

2.喷气背包
“Why did this happen to my daughter?” she said. “There’s been so many deaths because of the guns. I don’t know how many people have to die.”
Over 90 percent of them attended schools in English-speaking countries, such as the US, the UK and Australia, and over 70 percent pursue at least a bachelor's degree, according to the MOE.
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欢迎来到英国,不过在我开始介绍之前请先接受我们的道歉。你们在入境检查时等了4个小时的噩梦本不应该是英国轻视外国人的象征。这只反映了英国在一项如此重要的赛事来临时对旅游基础建设的投入严重不足。换句话说,是英国政府怠慢了你们。别不开心,政府对我们也不咋地。
n. 罪犯

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If You Won the Lottery

贝尼托.墨索里尼(Benito Mussolini)和阿道夫.希特勒(Adolf Hitler)就是煽动家变身独裁者的经典例子。
是的,当你到处面试的时候,去MIA没有借口借口很牵强的时候十分明显。可以在私人时间比如午饭时间电话面试。也可以利用节假日或者带薪假期进行长时间的现场面试,这样面试的时候你不会因为要赶回来上班感到紧张压迫。同时也可以帮助你面试进行的顺利,而且你也没占用工作的时间,Kay说。
We first see the hair of Anna Morales (Jessica Chastain) during the opening credits of “A Most Violent Year.” She’s at her makeup mirror.
7.Yes, John was with me last night. – Because that’s what friends do… we agree and ask questions later。

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Clay Modeling

单词affection 联想记忆:
达奇斯说:星佳在2012年努力保持势头并进行多元化经营。关于公司的品牌讨论明显减少,产品停产的负面消息不断增长,这使得这家游戏公司在2013年有很多工作要做。
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Consumer and producer prices are still either muted or in deflationary territory in China – but last month marked something of an uptick for each.
The most striking thing about the UK’s looming exit from the EU is how few details we still know about what Brexit will bring. And that it has been more than a year since the referendum.
Yet for all Russia's pretence about a rebalancing of priorities towards Asia, since the fallout over Ukraine, it still measures itself against the West, and America in particular.

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The Power of Story

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We Pay Attention … Selectively
这个家庭中心内部有三个摄像头,它能够连接到你的手机,你可以通过手机看冰箱里有什么。所以它基本上是一个6000美元替代用纸笔完成购物清单的替代品。
Best of luck in the year to come.愿你在未来的一年里,吉星高照。
The capital plans to move most of its municipal departments to the suburban district of Tongzhou in 2017, the Beijing Municipal Committee announced on Wednesday.
当他饰演《活力王子》中"威尔"一角时,前三季的薪水都被制作方扣除了70%!三年之后他才拿到全额工资。碰巧的是,主题曲的第一句就如同是按他的真实经历所写:"这故事就是说/我翻腾的生活/如何大起大落"。只不过在现实中,那个"(他)爱闹事的邻居"是美国国税局。

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Super Powers

Luckily, the singles are only half the story with Reputation. On "Dress," she's high on the rush of a new romantic thrill; on "New Year's Day," she's trying to figure out what she has after the party's over.
adj. 流行的,大众的,通俗的,受欢迎的
朱尔斯皮耶里
Season\'s greetings and sincere wishes for a bright and happy New Year!

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Three Words

据高部长称,在“十三五”计划期间,中国在与“一带一路”的国家形成优势互补的跨国产业链、价值链的同时,还将持续大力改善投资环境,充分挖掘市场潜力。
The Iranian dissident filmmaker, posing as a (barely competent) Tehran cabdriver, stages a sly, pseudo-documentary inquiry into the paradoxes of cinema and the contradictions of everyday life under authoritarian rule.
今年到目前为止,周星驰的《美人鱼》自二月上旬的贺岁档上映以来,已经取得了5.26亿美元的票房收入。
过去三年,由于北京决定在官方总收入中增加新的服务费,有关中国票房增长的结论变得复杂起来。
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Time Machine

This is an especially good warm up in history classrooms, of course, but it could be used very effectively for literature too, even math and science. In a corporate setting, it could be used to understand the causes of a current problem. If you could go back in time, or forward, where would you go and why? Who would you talk to? What are the burning questions?