Senior Cycle Economics - Literacy & Numeracy

Literacy and Numeracy 


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Literacy Resources


This technique requires students to be divided into groups of four.  Students gather around the Placemat Template which is organised with sections for each student to record their ideas and a central section for students to summarise their individual ideas.  First students individually think about a question and write down their ideas on their own section of the template.  Then students share their ideas to discover common elements, which can be written in the centre of the placemat template.  The purpose of the placemat technique is to provide all students with the opportunity to share their ideas and learn from each other in a co-operative small group discussion.  In doing so, students improve their oral literacy.  The benefits of the this strategy are that students have an opportunity to reflect and participate. They will extend their learning by listening to the ideas of others.

Teaching Keywords



Students need to encounter new words up to 17 times before they become part of their everyday vocabulary.  Here are 17 ways to ensure students repeat and use keywords often.  Note: although the examples given here are Science based, the methodologies are applicable in all subjects.


Graphic Organisers

Graphic Organisers may help to improve literacy.


Graphic Organisers for Teaching and Learning


Websites to Improve Literacy and Numeracy

Puzzlemaker Lots of different types of puzzles to make
Wordlearner Crosswords, wordsearches, bingo, matching and more
Wordsearches Make you own wordsearch
IXL Interactive revision site for maths - covers all topics
Skillwise Educational website to improve literacy and numeracy in adults
Quizlet Flashcards, Games and Tests
Studystack Flashcards, Matching, Crosswords, Tests, Quizzes
Tagxedo Create your own Word Shape
Question Cube Create a question cube using Blooms Taxomony.  First enter your name, then click on "Create your own cube"


Checklists for Literacy & Numeracy


This the National Strategy to improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011 - 2020. 
Click here to download the full strategy.


Checklist for Literacy & Numeracy