Engaging Activities for Reviewing in the Classroom. By Shannon Ford, Jacqui Rempala , and Rachel Sisterson. Game Shows!. 1 Versus 100. Prep Time: Minimal Time allotted in class: 20 to 40 minutes - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Engaging Activities for Reviewing in the Classroom
Engaging Activities for Reviewing in the ClassroomBy Shannon Ford, Jacqui Rempala, and Rachel SistersonGame Shows!1 Versus 100Prep Time: MinimalTime allotted in class: 20 to 40 minutesDescription: Based off of the television show on GSN. One student verses the mob. Student answers questions and has two lifelines: poll the mob and trust the mob. Student wins by eliminating all mob members. Mob members win if student is eliminated.Hollywood SquaresPrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: Half the class periodDescription: Its the game of Xs and Os. Break the class into 2 teams. Each student needs to participate by working out the problems. Randomly call on a student from one of the teams who will pick a square. The team will decide if the character from that square is answering the problem correctly. If the team gets the answer right then they get the square, if not, then the other team gets it. Alternate which team chooses a square.
Jeopardy!Prep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: Whole class periodDescription: Break class up into small groups. Each student will be doing problems on separate sheet of paper. Start with one group to pick a category. If they cannot get the answer, then the next group gets the chance to answer the question. Alternate groups picking the category. Final Jeopardy could really decide the winner!
http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/ppt-games/ Family FeudPrep Time: NoneTime allotted in class: 35 to 50 minutesDescription: Great for identifying properties of polygons or other content that requires memorization. Same rules as the actual game show except no Fast Money round. Class divided into two families. Two students face off to determine which families plays that round.Template
Quick Fillers!Sums of 3Prep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: 10 minutesDescription: On white index cards, you write down 3 different equation problems. The students will be put into groups of 3, and each group gets one of each type of equation. Each student will solve one of the equations. Then, they will find the sum of their answers. The first group to tell you the correct sum wins!
Writing ActivitiesPrep Time: NoneTime allotted in class: 10 minutesDescription: Writing in math?! Yes! Having the students explain in words how to solve a problem really helps them work on their math vocabulary and how to communicate effectively in math class. It also helps them realize if they really understand how to solve a particular problem...my favorite writing activityIs having students explain in words how to solve an equation. Then have them partner up and have them read to their partner how to solve the problem. Their partner has to do exactly what they are told. Students are surprised on how much their words actually matter in math!HangmanPrep Time: MinimalTime allotted in class: 20 to 40 minutesDescription: Students are put in groups. Each group tries to answer the question. If the group is incorrect, they get a body part drawn on their hangman.Quick QuizzesPrep Time: MinimalTime allotted in class: 5 minutesDescription: A good way to review a single concept. This activity could be a class warm-up or a nice wrap-up to the lesson. Just create a timed power point and youre ready to go!Races!Reflex GamePrep Time: MinimalTime allotted in class: 20 to 30 minutesDescription: Students are divided into two teams. Two students compete at the front of the room. A question is displayed. First student to grab the eraser off the chair and answer correctly gets a point for their team.Flashcard TournamentPrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: 15 to 20 minutesDescription: Good for identifying, classifying, or quick math facts (questions should not require students to work out problems). Student face off using flashcards and first to say correct answers moves up the line and loser moves down the line. Provide enough opportunities for a student starting at the bottom to get to first place spot.
Fly Swatter GamePrep Time: MinimalTime allotted in class: 20-30 minutesDescription: The class is divided into two teams. On the board the answers are randomly displayed. A student from each team come up to the board and are given a problem. The first student to correctly solve, find and swat the correct answer wins a point for their team.Fly Swatter ApplicationIf you have a SMART Board, you could make a PowerPoint presentation of the answers where the answers are actually moving around. This makes it a little harder for students to find the correct answer, and now when they swat the correct answer, the answers will stop moving.TelephonePrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: 15 to 20 minutesDescription: Students are put into teams and sit in columns. Problems are put on the board in a specific order. The first person solves problem one and gives their answer to the second person. This answer is used as the starting point for the second problem and so on. The team gets a point for a correct telephone message (final answer) at the end. A way to earn bonus points is if an individual team member does the telephone individually and gets the correct final answer.
Description: Each group gets 4 different cards. Each problem uses the answer from the previous question. The final answer from each card creates the equation on the final card that they need to graph.Prep Time: Moderate to extensiveTime allotted in class: 5-25 minutes
First group to graph the correct equation wins the game!
Graphing RelayPrep Time: MinimalTime allotted in class: 15 to 25 minutesDescription: Students work in pairs to graph provided coordinates. Connecting the plotted points creates a picture. I put a riddle on the board in the beginning and the picture they created was a hint for the answer.Hot SeatPrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: 20-30 minutesDescription: The students are put into groups of 4-5. The groups are arranged in columns. The student in the last seat is in the hot seat. The person in the hot seat has to answer the question given to them (via PowerPoint or verbally). Once they have their answer, they pass it forward (on a sheet of paper or white board). If the person in front of them agrees with the answer, they continue to pass it forward. If they do not agree, they pass it back for the person in the hot seat to redo. The first group to have the correct answer make it to the front wins a point for that round. Then everyone in the group moves up one seat the person in the front moves to the hot seat in the back.Digit GamePrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: Whole class periodDescription: A nice end of the chapter review game. Divide your class into teams with each individual in charge of at least one number (0-9). Put problems up on the board to solve each answer cannot have any repeated digits. When the student has an answer with the digit that they are assigned, they walk to the back of the room with their digit. The first team to get their answer held up in the correct order gets the point.Relay on BoardPrep Time: MinimalTime allotted in class: 10 minutesDescription: Students are placed in teams. Problem is written on board (once for each team). A student from each team goes to board to complete first step then tags next team member to do the next step and so on.Student Led!Know/Help GamePrep Time: MinimalTime allotted in class: 20 to 40 minutesDescription: Students start in middle of room. Question is displayed and if student knows answer or how to solve, goes to the right. Unsure students go to the left. Teacher pairs up students from both sides and they explain to each other. Can also add an extra practice problem once the first is explained.Exit Slip CarouselPrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: 30 to 50 minutesDescription: Students were asked to write 3 questions they still had the day before activity. I took questions that could be answered using examples and put them around the room. Students had to answer the questions using examples to support their conclusions. The groups rotated around the room every 5-8 minutes.Groups of 3 (doesnt really have a name)Prep time: MinimalTime allotted in class: 20-30 minutesDescription: divide the class into 3 groups. One group will be up at the board. The second group will be standing right behind the group at the board, and the third group will be sitting down at their desks. The students at the board and desks will be given a problem to work out. The students standing behind the students at the board are only to offer help if the students at the board ask for it. Groups rotate after each problem.
JigsawPrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: whole class periodDescription: Students are put into groups. Each group is assigned a particular topic/problem. Their goal is to become an expert on that topic/problem. Then one person from each expert group is put together to create new groups. Now, each person in the group is an expert on their particular topic and are responsible for teaching it to the rest of the group.Post-Quiz JigsawPrep Time: ExtensiveTime allotted in class: 30 to 50 minutesDescription: I formed groups based on experts and novices. Try to get each student to be an expert at something in the group. Students tally who got problem incorrect on a chart and expert explains problem. Students make corrections on sheet provided and all do the new practice problem.StationsPrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: Half class period whole class periodDescription: This activity would be a good review and get students working together. Pick a variety of problems from the chapter, with one problem on one piece of paper. Break your class up into groups, and each group starts with one problem. They work together to get the answer. After several minutes, rotate the problems around. Mathematical MilePrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: 30-50 minutesDescription: An adaptation to stations. Students do 4 laps of the classroom in groups while completing stations that have specifically themed problems. After each lap the group checks their answers with the teacher and start the next lap until correct.Scavenger HuntPrep Time: Moderate to extensive Time allotted in class: 20-40 minutesDescription: An adaptation to stations. There are stations put up around the room. At each station, there is a problem with multiple choice answers. The answer they get for the problem tells them which station to go to next. They should visit each station only once if not they made a mistake and they have to find out what it is before moving on. The first to complete the hunt, wins!
Miscellaneous!Dance Math RevolutionPrep Time: Minimal (none)Time allotted in class: 10 to 20 minutesDescription: On paper students create two parallel lines and a transversal. PowerPoint has different angles and students use fingers to point to those on the paper. You can also place tape on the ground and have students use their feet to point to the angles, too. DMR!!Bracket TournamentPrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: 30 to 50 minutesDescription: Students compete in pairs. Students preset in a bracket and compete on a displayed problem. Pair that gets it correct moves on and other pairs goes to losers bracket. Ties faceoff in a multiplication fact speed round.
Puzzle ProofsPrep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: 10 minutes whole class periodDescription: A good activity applying theorems into 2 column proofs. Break class up into pairs or small groups. If you want this activity to be short, then give the groups all the same proof. After everyone is finished, discuss how they placed the statements and reasons throughout the proof. If you would like this activity to last longer, hand out different proofs to each group and have them present their answer to the class.
MATHOPrep Time: MinimalTime allotted in class: Half class period whole class periodDescription: A fun review for a single concept or an entire chapter. Each student creates a 5 by 5 grid with #1-24 randomly placed throughout the boxes (free space in the middle). Every student works out the problems individually. Call on students at random to answer. If they answer the question correctly, then they pick a number to cross out. If they do not have the right answer, then call on another student. If they get 5 in a row, then they win.Mathsketball Prep Time: ModerateTime allotted in class: Whole class periodDescription: A basketball review game. You will need a ball and a hoop, as well as placing tape on the floor to decide what a 1, 2, or 3 point shot is. Break students up into teams. Every group needs to work out each problem. If the team up gets the correct answer, then each member decides if they want to try for a 1, 2 or 3 point shot. If they make the shot, then the team gets those points. If the team up did not answer the math problem correctly, then the next group will answer and have a chance to shoot for points.Pig RacesPrep Time: MinimalTime allotted in class: 20 to 40 minutesDescription: Students are put into groups and assigned a pig. Groups answer a question and submit answer to teacher. If group gets the question correct, their pig moves to the next checkpoint in the race.