Four Corner Fun: A Review Game
multiple choice, review, test, skills
This lesson is an active one; it involves students in moving around the classroom. It will serve as a nice activity to break up a long class period/day.
Before the Lesson
This game can be used for a variety of curriculum areas and subjects. Following are some examples:
- In math class, provide calculations or word problems for students to solve; they can solve the problems in their math journals/notebooks.
- In language arts class, the game easily can be adapted to reading content, vocabulary, or grammar. (For grammar, you will probably want to prepare transparencies using an overhead projector; the text might be divided into four lines -- lines a, b, c, and d). Students will identify the line in which they spot the grammar error you have "planted.")
- In other subject areas, the game can be adapted to review content, concepts, and/or vocabulary.
- The game can also be used to build standardized test-taking skills.
To begin the lesson, place one of the index cards face down on each student's desk. Instruct students to look at their cards privately to find out if their role in the game is that of a Player or a Fibber. Tell students to not reveal their roles to their classmates.
Run through a couple of practice questions before beginning the game. Pose the first question and four possible responses. Ask students which response they think is the correct one. Have students who think the correct answer is A stand by the A sign. Students who think the correct answer is B, C, or D gather near their respective signs.
Here's the catch! Students who hold the Player cards go to their appropriate corners while students who hold the Fibber cards are free to go to any corner. The Fibber's movements are intended to throw off the other students. Perhaps some of the brightest students are Fibbers and some players will be tempted to follow those students to the wrong corners. Doing this encourages students to think for themselves, not just follow the flock.
When all students have taken their corners, reveal the correct answer to the question. Ask students who chose the correct answer to explain why they selected that answer. Then you're ready to pose the next question
This activity can be adapted for use in almost every subject and for almost any skill.
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