As test time approaches, many of you are probably setting aside time in your lesson plans to review the content you have taught this year. There are many wonderful review games out there, several of which we mentioned in our previous article, Easy and Free Classroom Review Games. Today, we wanted to focus on three review games that get your students up and moving because research shows movement contributes to memory retention. As a bonus, these games are a ton of fun and all of them help to engage each student in your classroom.
This game gets its name honestly, so be prepared for some hyped up students!
What you’ll need: Colored paper, tape/hula hoop or window/chalk marker, review questions.
Preparation: Divide your students into even teams of 6. Ensure students don’t forget their assigned number/letter by numbering (1-6) or lettering (A-F) the colored paper before class. If there is a team that has fewer students simply assign one of the team members two numbers/letters. I always used colored paper, so it was easier to distinguish which piece of paper made it into the designated area first. Mark off an area of your floor using either painters tape, a hula hoop, or a window/chalk marker.
Objective: Be the fastest to get your paper into the designated area in order for your team to win the point.
How to play: Have students number their paper to match the number of review questions you will be asking. Once students are ready, ask a review question and give them time to discuss the answer as a team and write their answer on their papers. Each student on the team must write the answer. You can give them a specific amount of time (1 min), or just watch to see when most students are finished writing. Then call out one of the numbers (1-6) or letters (A-F) in random order. Whichever student gets their paper in the designated spot first with the correct answer wins the point. Pay attention to who comes in second in case the first group does not have the answer correct.
What we like about it: Every student has to write an answer, so it ensures that all students are engaged in the review. Calling the numbers out randomly keeps them on their toes and paying attention.
Minute to Win It:
This is just like the show and your students will have just as much fun playing it as you did watching it!
What you’ll need: Various items from your junk drawer at school and home. Slips of paper with challenge names for students to draw when they earn a challenge. You may have to ask your building janitor or colleagues for help with some of the materials, but we can guarantee you won’t have to buy anything. We love this site and this site to help get you started with your list of challenges, but you can google or look up other ideas on Youtube. There are so many out there!
Preparation: Review Questions, challenge slips,junk drawer items, timer, small whiteboard/laminated paper and expo markers.
Objective: Win the most points by answering questions and completing challenges
How To Play: Teams of 4-6 work together to answer review questions on a whiteboard. First team to hold up the correct answer wins the point. Once a team has answered 3-5 questions correctly (you pick the number that works best for your classroom), that team has earned a Minute-To-Win-It challenge. If the team member they send up is able to successfully complete the challenge in under a minute they earn an additional two points.
Why we Like It: All Minute-To-Win-It challenges are hilarious and the students really get into the challenge and root each other on. Plus, all of the items needed for the challenges are things you most likely have. You just need to organize them into bins and you are ready to go.
The Awesome Review Game:
The original name of this game was Mrs. Carr’s awesome review game, but you can definitely take it and make it your own, that’s why it’s awesome!
What you’ll need: Tape or chalk/window markers, LOL, and challenge cards to draw, review questions, markers/chalk/eraser. You will also need music/speakers and materials for your challenges.
Preparation: For this game you will transform your floor into a game board. I always had a tile floor and used chalk or window markers to write on the floor and spaced it two tiles per team with three teams total. You want there to be enough space on your floor so that each team can send two players up together. If you have carpet, painters tape might be a better option to mark the playing squares.
Objective: Be the first team to the “Finish Line” on the gameboard.
How to play: This game is board race 2.0. Each team sends up two players at a time to the game board. Players race to the board to answer. If they are the first team to answer correctly, their team gets to move forward on the game board. Whenever the music plays the two team members up on the board have to sit down. Two new team members must take their place before the music ends or that team loses its turn. Everyone on the team has to go once, before a player can be sent up a second time, third time, and so on.
There are three types of squares in this game. Question squares, LOL squares, and Challenge squares. When teams land on question squares they have to be the first to answer a question correctly to move forward to the next tile. If a team lands on an LOL square, the two players on the board who land on the square have to draw an LOL card. Once the card is read they can complete the task to move forward a square (without having to answer a question) or they can choose not to complete the task and stay where they are. LOL cards are meant to be funny and tasks can range from singing “I’m a little teapot”, to telling a joke (school appropriate), to saying a tongue twister. When a team lands on a Challenge square they can choose one of the other teams to challenge. Whichever team wins the challenge gets to move forward, so they should be strategic in which team they choose to go up against. Challenge cards can range from a dance off, to a bubble gum blowing contest, to dollar store games, or even shooting a paper wad into the trash can. Be creative!
Why we like it: This game has a little bit of everything and you can really let your personality shine through! We have seen teachers use a jello and noodle pit for the challenge cards (talk about messy!), or even have a student eat a gross item of food for the LOL cards. Take it and make it your own, we promise whatever you do, your students will have fun!
We hope these review games breathe new life into your classroom and help “getting ready for testing” to become a more positive experience for your students. Comment below if you try one of these games to let us know how it goes!