• Review Game: $25,000 Pyramid

    Posted by Corinne on 4/12/2013

    Place students in pairs. One student turns chair so that their back is to the front of the room. Their partner places their chair so that they can see the board and talk to their partner.

    Reveal vocabulary words on the board. The person who can see the vocab words needs to provide clues about the vocabulary word. When the vocab word is guessed correctly, they move onto the next word.

    You can modify this game by placing only one vocab word at a time, having the PPT slide automatically advance after 10 seconds.

    Partners switch places after the round is over.   This provides a quick, fast-paced review for concepts and vocabulary.

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  • Review Game: Nametags

    Posted by Corinne on 4/12/2013
    Create nametags on an index card and attach yarn so students can easily slip the nametags over their head.  Each nametag has one word - a concept, vocabulary term, math solution, etc.  Create index cards with facts about that answer or the math work that will result in the solution.  A good guide is to create three index cards 'per answer'.  For example, if the answer is "pulmonary system" (Hello, my name is Pulmonary System), there will be three index cards with facts unique to the pulmonary system.

    Place the nametags on the kids.  The nametags should be on the student's back so they cannot see their own nametag.  Mix up the index cards and pass those out. The students can read all the answers by looking at the nametags on people's backs, and they have to give the correct index cards to the correct people.

    The students get a chance to connect the answers to the properties, and then they have to read the index cards they received to figure out what nametag is on their own back.
    Many teachers use headbands instead of nametags.
    Although the description of this game can be found many places, this was adapted from:
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  • Review Game: A to Z Summaries

    Posted by Corinne on 4/12/2013

    Use alphabet refrigerator magnets (or bulletin board letters) to create a whiteboard splash review.

    1.       At the end of a unit, assign students a letter of the alphabet (or given them cardboard or magnetic letters).

    2.       Ask students to create a one-sentence summary of the lesson, beginning their sentence with the assigned letter.

    3.      Do a chalkboard splash, attaching the sentences and magnetic letters to the board so students can review their peers’ sentence summaries.

    As an alternative, you can also have pairs or groups fill out this worksheet.  Students write down a word from the unit that begins with each letter of the alphabet.


    Source: Himmele, P. a. (2011). Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

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