Five Cool Review Games

Hey, all! With the end of the year quickly approaching, it’s a great time to mix things up with a new review strategy. Take a look at the ideas below. I’m guessing you’ll find at least one thing that’s new to you.

Lottery Review

  • Game credit to @algebraandbeyond
  • Provide students with different task cards, problems, questions, etc.
  • Project a number board that looks like this:
  • Either divide students into groups or have them work individually.
  • When students have a question completed, they check it with they teacher, and if it is correct, they write their initials in one of the squares on the board.
  • For each correct answer, students can pick another square.
  • When time is up, use a random number generator to pick five random numbers, and those students whose names were in the squares get a surprise/reward!

Zombie Apocalypse

  • Divide the class into two groups: Zombies (2 students) and Humans (rest of class)
  • Present class with a zombie scenario – Are they they last group of humans on Earth? Trapped somewhere and the zombies are closing in?
  • Pose a question related to your classroom content
  • The first group to answer correctly “wins” that round.
    • If the zombies win, then a human gets infected with the zombie virus and has to join the zombie group.
    • If the humans win, they have evaded the zombies for that round.
  • Pose another question, and the pattern repeats.
  • Every now and the, you can get creative and increase the stakes with certain questions.
    • For example, maybe the humans have the chance to enter an old warehouse where there is a vile of zombie-disease antidote. If they can get in/out unscathed by “winning” the question, they get the antidote and can rescue one person from the zombie group. However, there is a chance they could get attacked, and if they don’t “win” the round, they lose two humans.
    • You could also have a Zombie Attack! where the zombies in the zombie group have to devise a question related to the content to ask the humans. If the humans don’t answer correctly, they lose two. If the humans do answer correctly, two zombies are turned back into humans.
  • The game ends when you want it to end. 🙂
    • Time: Put a time limit on it and whichever group is the largest wins.
    • Defeat: Attach a certain number to defeat. (“When the zombies have at least 12 people, there is no chance for human survival.”)
  • NOTE: We suggest that the teacher is the person to randomly choose which students change groups, so the game doesn’t turn into an uncomfortable or hurtful situation for some kids.

Connect 4

  • Game credit to @teachingthedistance
  • Provide students with different task cards, problems, questions, etc.
  • Project a board that looks something like this:

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  • Divide students in to groups. Each group is assigned a different color or sticky note.
  • Students work on the problem/question individually on their own papers. When they are done, they confer with their group members, and once they think they have the correct answer, a representative from the group writes the number of the question/task on the sticky note and then answers the question.
    • Note: A recommendation would be to make it a rule that no “repeat representatives” are allowed.
  • They place the sticky note on the board, trying to get four in a row.
  • If the answer is correct, it stays on the board. If an answer is incorrect, it is removed, and any sticky notes above it “fall down” to fill the empty space.
    • This can happen in a few ways. The teacher can be in charge of checking answers and remove wrong answers. The teacher could announce that there is an incorrect answer on the board and have each team send one representative up to look for it (each person getting one chance to challenge). Etc.
  • First team to four in a row wins.

Trashketball

Raise your hand if you have students in your class who think they are freaking Lebron James when it comes to throwing away anything? They even like to leave their arm hanging in the air as they do the fade away lean, right? Capitalize on that by reviewing with trashketball!

This blog post does a great job explaining how the game works and gives a video of it in action as well as tips to keep it interesting. And while some teachers choose to play with an actual mini hoop and squishy basketball, you don’t need anything more than a few pieces of balled up paper and a trash bin.

Attack

Like the games above, attack is a low-prep, high-engagement review game. Prepare some questions/tasks, divide students into groups, have each group draw their groups’ castle fortress on the board, and let the games begin! This document explains how the game works. It also gives some excellent tips on how to make the playing go smoothly.

If you’re planning on incorporating any of these review strategies into your classroom, I’d love to hear about it! If you’d like a helping hand while doing so, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the coaches’ office. 🙂

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