My students love playing games. Usually a couple times a semester, they ask if they can have a game day. I get it! Games are fun. I even have a cupboard in my classroom full of games. I think using games is a great way for kids to review for a simple review of a concept, a test, or a quiz.
I saw this one on Instagram. @teachingthedistance posted about playing Connect 4 with the students. You have your review questions and the students answer them individually. Then they talk with the members on their team to see if they got the right answer. The team writes the answer on a sticky and places it on the board in one of the Connect 4 spaces! If an answer is wrong, the sticky is taken off and the ones above it move down. The first team to have 4 in a row is the winner.
This game uses a PowerPoint. You can find downloadable Jeopardy templates on the internet. To begin, create questions and answers worth a specific amount of points. Divide the students into two teams and have each team choose a number. Their goal is to answer the question that is attached to the number they chose. I like to have a regular round and a Double Jeopardy round where the questions are a little bit harder. Then at the end, I have them answer a final Jeopardy question.
This game was suggested by a student in my first period class. We were making flash cards one day for the students to study for their Rhetorical Analysis test. One of my students suggested we could play a guessing game where you put the flashcard on your forehead and your partner gives you clues about the word, and you have to guess the word on your flashcard. Brilliant!! So for the rest of the day, I had my students make flash cards so we could play the Headbandz review game next class before we took the test.
I LOVE Monopoly, but my husband hates it and won't play it. So when I saw a review idea for this game, I just had to include it here on my list. I am definitely going to try this one next year! For this review game, each student is on his own, there are no teams. Each student receives the same amount of Monopoly money. They are allowed to wager their money based on how confident they know the answer to the review question you ask. If they get the question correct, they keep the money, if they are wrong their money goes to the next person who gets the answer correct. At the end of the game they can cash their money in for prizes. You can categorize the questions with the names of the topics you are reviewing!
I love to watch this show on TV. In fact it is on my Bucket List to go on the show. My family loves to play the board game version of this, and they have told me I can't be on their team. Once when we were playing, the question was "Name things you ask where they are at a Hotel?" I said, "Vending Machine." Of course it wasn't an answer, but still to this day, I look for the vending machine. I mean, what if I get hungry and want a little snack??
To play, list categories to review, such as “Bodies of Water” and “Capital Cities” for a unit on Europe. Write the categories on index cards and list five items under each. Then divide kids into “families.” Toss a coin to see which team goes first. Announce the category and ask a member of the first team to give a response. If the response is on the card, award the team 20 points. Continue, with each team member taking a turn. Incorrect responses count as a strike. If the team gets three strikes before naming all responses on the card, another team can “steal” the points, but only if it can name one of the remaining responses on the card. If not, the first team keeps the points and wins that round. Teams alternate going first in each round. The first to earn 300 points wins.