Sleep stages washing line/card game by Anne Thorpe

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AQA Spec A PSYA3 The Nature of Sleep:  A set of cards for students to make a washing line or noticeboard display of the stages of sleep.  There's no mystery to the order - if SWS1 is in the top right hand box on the 'titles' page, it will also be in the top right hand box of the 'pictures' page, etc.  Students cut out and make a sequence of information about each stage.  Kept a separate set of cards, and dealt them among a small group of students - they mimed the stage of sleep, depending on which card they picked up, and the others in the group had to name it and put down a matching card....

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Comments (10)

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    Jane Oct 22 2009 12:06 PM

    Wonderful! I've spent ages trying to think of ways to make the sleep stages less trying for the non-biologically minded. Will use this a great deal. Thankyou. 

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    Anne Thorpe Oct 29 2009 02:23 PM

    I know what you mean - I put this activity together for a couple of my students who go a bit loopy, fold their arms, and give up, when anything faintly biological rears its head.  They were fine with this!  Though we used it as a class activity, several of my students asked if they could have a copy for personal use, and a couple made mobiles to hang in their bedrooms - then told me they couldn't sleep because each time they started nodding off they found themselves thinking about the sleep stage they were entering!  Mad, but apparently effective! 

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    Karin Pigott Nov 08 2009 05:57 PM

    This is something I would definitely use to enliven this potentially tricky topic, so many thanks for putting it together... what is a 'washing line'?

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    Anne Thorpe Nov 08 2009 06:57 PM

    A washing line is ... just fix a long piece of string/cord somewhere in the classroom and get students to peg information cards (or whatever) along it.  Works well where things are sequential, e.g. stages of something.  Also works well where things are given different values, e.g. LCUs for life events in the SRRS.  So in the sleep stages case, students can peg 'awake' first, then NREM1, then 2, etc....and perhaps repeat this to build up a whole night's sleep so then can see that REM repeats, though there aren't necessarily equal numbers of the other stages.  Could also fix the washing line in front of a time line, so they can show approximate time spent in each stage.  Very visual, but also it's very active.  My students strung together a little set of cards for each sleep stage, so those cards were hanging vertically, but then pegged the vertical set of cards (for each stage) sequentially along the washing line.  Hope I've made it clear!

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    lesleyjones Nov 10 2009 12:53 PM

    Fabulous - def going to try this!

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    Alison Ball Jan 14 2010 11:45 AM

    A very good activity - will definitely be using this one.

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    Renee Barclay Sep 26 2010 01:18 PM

    Thank you Anne for this activity, which worked really well with small groups, first lesson of the day. They made a poster with it, which we hung up in the classroom. Many thanks

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    louise sharpe Jun 21 2011 03:59 PM

    Brilliant activity thank you

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    Ann Pyatt Nov 10 2011 10:29 AM

    Brilliant thank you for sharing, it has also given me an idea for other units

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    Aliska Dec 18 2018 10:44 PM

    Awesome, thank you!

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