In the days leading up to a test, I use class time to help further prepare my students for their upcoming assessment. I have found that interactive games are the most effective way to help my students review the concepts they have been taught. The games are fun, they encourage cooperation and teamwork, and they provide extra support for those students whose parents might not have time to study with them at home. The teacher acts as the game show host, and the students play the role of the contestants.
Here are some of my favorite ways to review.
I purchased this game from a teacher store and use it for team trivia. I break the students up into teams and have them send one team member at a time to answer a question that relates to the content on the test they will soon be taking. A colored light corresponding to the player’s remote lights up when the first player buzzes in. I set the timer to give the player a certain number of seconds to answer the question correctly. I also play speed rounds where the lights randomly blink and stop on a certain team color. Learn more about Eggspert.
There are many PowerPoint templates based on popular game shows that have been created for classroom use. 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 a dry erase boards to show me the answer they have decided upon. I have found 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 became such a popular game show on TV. 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.
Below are links to two great sites with many PowerPoint templates that can be used for creating review games in your classroom.
To make these review games even more effective, I will 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.