A twist on the old classic, this game gets the whole class involved in reviewing material. No one has time to not pay attention!
ObjectivesStudents will use this game to review previously taught material.
Before the Lesson
Create a giant game board for use in whole-class review. You might create a "generic" game board that can be used to review any topic. It's fun to add positive and negative squares to the game board. For example, lose a turn, go back two spaces, or take a free turn. Or you might create a game board specific to the topic of the review. For example, if you're studying rivers, the game board might be a long winding river that students must "travel." Positive/negative squares might say things such as Caught in the rapids -- move forward two spaces or Boat tips over -- lost 1 turn.
You might create the game board path on butcher or craft paper. Or you could draw a permanent game board on a sheet of whiteboard:
If you create a game board on a chalkboard, you can create magnetic game pieces for your students to use by printing out Internet clipart, laminating it, and putting a magnet on back. (You can buy a roll of magnet tape for around $3 at craft stores.) Or, instead of clipart, you might use your word processing software to create a tag with each of your students' names on it. Then laminate and magnetize the nametags.
Playing the Game
To play the game, follow these simple rules:
AssessmentBy seeing group responses immediately, you know what topics are clear and which ones need to be reviewed. If only one group gets an answer right, then you can take a minute to explain the concept during the middle of the game. The entire game acts as a broad assessment for the upcoming test.
Kris Gazdziak, Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois