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Making Test Prep Fun With PowerPoint Games

By Beth Newingham on April 16, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

This is one of my favorite ways to review in the days leading up to a test.

There are many PowerPoint templates based on popular game shows that have been created for classroom use. The teacher acts as the game show host, and the students play the role of the contestants. My favorite PowerPoint game is Jeopardy, where I choose categories relating to the concepts students need to know for the test. I usually break my class into teams and have them hold up dry erase boards to show me the answer they have decided upon.

This great website has templates for Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Twenty Questions, Hollywood Square, Weakest Link, etc. I have even tried my own version of Deal or No Deal, since it has become popular.

When playing the game, I project the PowerPoint presentation onto my pull-down screen, or I output it to the large TV in my classroom for all "contestants" to see.

Here is another great website offering many PowerPoint templates that can be used for creating review games in your classroom.

To make these review games even more effective, I sometimes have my students create the questions themselves. This requires them to reflect upon what they have learned in the unit and determine the important things they think they should know.

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