Saturday, June 2, 2012

Review for Tests

Many of you are still in school and probably still have District tests to give even if the state tests are complete.  If you are out of school these will be great for next year!  How about some fun ideas to help review skills? 

Buzz - This is a great game to practice multiples.  Gather your students in a circle or you could even do it in line when waiting for lunch or to get into activity.  Say the number you want to use is 3.  The first child says 1, 2nd child says 2, but the third child says BUZZ!  The 4th child then says 4, 5th child 5, 6th child says BUZZ, 7th child says 7, 8th child says 8, and 9th child BUZZ.  You get the picture.  Start off with a small number like 3 or 4 and then try higher numbers to challenge them.  You could also start off in the middle and have the first child start off say with the number 9 and go from there.

Hot Potatoe - After watching a video on a topic, reading a chapter, or even for a mixed review have the children pass a ball.  Say Hot Potatoe and whoever has the ball has to answer a question on the topic.  If they get it right they get some sort of reward.  This particular school used links, which are like tickets and the kids could turn them in for rewards later.  If the child gets the question wrote they start passing the ball around again until the teacher calls Hot Potatoe and then that child gets a shot at the question.  Play resumes with the next question.  Another variation I thought of is to play music and stop the music and whoever has the ball must answer the question.

Games, Review, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, 6th grade, 5th grade, 4th grade, 3rd grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade, Kindergarten


What games do you play for review?  Please post your game ideas in the comment section, but please no teaching products.

6 comments:

  1. I have students practice in table groups and award them points. The team is responsible for making sure every member knows the answer.
    Artistry of Education

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    1. That's a wonderful idea Mary!!! I will keep that in mind and give it a try when I get a teaching job!

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  2. We use the review pages (math) and white boards to play "math-ball". I am the pitcher, and present the problem. The person at bat has to solve it, while the others on their team do as well. If the batter misses the problem, they can choose one teammate to substitute their answer with. If it is that person has the correct answer the batter can take the base, and it is only a strike. If they are both wrong and the other team solves it correctly, it is an out. 3 strikes= one out, 3 outs= a team swap. This was fun because everyone was engaged, and outside! (we drew the diamond in chalk on the bus line).

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    1. Tia,
      I love that idea!!! Love that you do it outside as well. What a fun way to review Math or really I bet you could do it with any subject! Thanks for sharing! Brian

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  3. I teach 5th grade. Our favorite game to play is "Expert". One student goes to the front of the room and calls on other students to ask him questions. The expert stays up and gets points until someone stumps the Expert. That person becomes the new Expert. I usually give candy to whoever had the most points. I also insist that all students must take part.

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    1. That sounds like a super fun game!!! I'll have to remember that one for next year. Thank you for sharing!

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