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April 18, 2011

Cure Review Boredom With Games Created by IWB-Ready Tools

By Megan Power

     
    Are your students not enjoying all the review and test prep going on right now? Is it like pulling teeth to make reviewing concepts interesting? Well, this post is for you! Come take a look at some fun and easy online games created using templates. They'll catch your students’ attention and make reviewing an exciting learning opportunity. Whether you are preparing for state testing or just end of the year assessments, these games are just what the doctor ordered for that review boredom.

     

    Flash Jeopardy

    What is it and how does it work?

    Jeopardy is an online tool that creates a flash game using questions and answers typed in by teachers or students. It can be played in groups or whole class, and you can link up your game to your class Web site for practice at home, too! Here is one sample I made to review math facts.

    How can this be used in the classroom?

    Teachers or students can create games using Flash Jeopardy. Students can create the whole game or work in teams to create one part of the game.

    See a sample of my kingergarten class's Vocabulary Jeopardy. From assessments, I noticed different students were ready to work on different aspects of their vocabulary development. Instead of making the game to use with my students, I had them make the game. We separated into five groups and each group created five questions testing the vocabulary skill they needed work on. Because my students made up the questions in the area they needed practice on, this activity was a both learning activity, when students created the questions, and a review, when we played the game.

    A week later we played the Jeopardy game in mixed teams. We decided that each team had to pass around the recording sheet so each player on their team had a turn to do the writing for a question. We did allow their teammates to assist in answering the questions.

    IMG_0713  IMG_0715

    The outcome

    Because of the way we created the game and had the teams answer the questions, all students were involved and important for their team. I loved that they started to help each other with the questions. It was really special to see my struggling students help more advanced students. They became the experts, and the other students listened to them. What a huge self-esteem builder!

    I was so please with my decision to have my students create the questions for this vocabulary game. I always find that when students have to make the content instead of always receiving the content or completing an activity, they learn the skill so much more and are more engaged when doing so.

     IMG_0714

    Here are some other games with simple-to-use tools or templates that allow you to add content specific to your students’ needs.

    Speed Match

    Students have to find the correct answer or word to fit in the sentence fast. Here is a contraction sample my students made and a punctuation game that I created for my students.

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

    This is a really fun whole-class review game exactly like the TV version. Students can use the "phone a friend," "audience poll," and "50/50" tools to help choose the correct answers. I had fun building this punctuation and capitalization review game for some students. I tried to make the questions trickier as they became worth more money.

    Board Game

    I also enjoyed making this problem-solving example of Board Game. Again, this could be played in groups or whole class on individual computers or your interactive whiteboard. All you have to do is type in your questions and answers. Then the game is created and you are ready to play!

    Academic Baseball

    This is a tool that can be projected and used for tons of classroom games as a way to keep score. You can create teacher questions and decide if they are worth single, double, or triple base hits. Then the student chooses an answer. If they get it right, you send their little dot around the bases.

    Quizlet: Digital Flashcards

    Many students like this method of creating digital flashcards to study information or vocabulary words.

     

    There are also some great PowerPoint template games, including Squares, a Hollywood Squares type of game, 20 Questions, and Wheel of Fortune. In each case, you or your students create the content, and you're ready to play. Want more? Download eight other PowerPoint games.

     

    As you create games for your own class, please be sure to share them in the comments section below. We would also love to hear other interesting and engaging ways you review concepts in your classroom.

     
    Are your students not enjoying all the review and test prep going on right now? Is it like pulling teeth to make reviewing concepts interesting? Well, this post is for you! Come take a look at some fun and easy online games created using templates. They'll catch your students’ attention and make reviewing an exciting learning opportunity. Whether you are preparing for state testing or just end of the year assessments, these games are just what the doctor ordered for that review boredom.

     

    Flash Jeopardy

    What is it and how does it work?

    Jeopardy is an online tool that creates a flash game using questions and answers typed in by teachers or students. It can be played in groups or whole class, and you can link up your game to your class Web site for practice at home, too! Here is one sample I made to review math facts.

    How can this be used in the classroom?

    Teachers or students can create games using Flash Jeopardy. Students can create the whole game or work in teams to create one part of the game.

    See a sample of my kingergarten class's Vocabulary Jeopardy. From assessments, I noticed different students were ready to work on different aspects of their vocabulary development. Instead of making the game to use with my students, I had them make the game. We separated into five groups and each group created five questions testing the vocabulary skill they needed work on. Because my students made up the questions in the area they needed practice on, this activity was a both learning activity, when students created the questions, and a review, when we played the game.

    A week later we played the Jeopardy game in mixed teams. We decided that each team had to pass around the recording sheet so each player on their team had a turn to do the writing for a question. We did allow their teammates to assist in answering the questions.

    IMG_0713  IMG_0715

    The outcome

    Because of the way we created the game and had the teams answer the questions, all students were involved and important for their team. I loved that they started to help each other with the questions. It was really special to see my struggling students help more advanced students. They became the experts, and the other students listened to them. What a huge self-esteem builder!

    I was so please with my decision to have my students create the questions for this vocabulary game. I always find that when students have to make the content instead of always receiving the content or completing an activity, they learn the skill so much more and are more engaged when doing so.

     IMG_0714

    Here are some other games with simple-to-use tools or templates that allow you to add content specific to your students’ needs.

    Speed Match

    Students have to find the correct answer or word to fit in the sentence fast. Here is a contraction sample my students made and a punctuation game that I created for my students.

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

    This is a really fun whole-class review game exactly like the TV version. Students can use the "phone a friend," "audience poll," and "50/50" tools to help choose the correct answers. I had fun building this punctuation and capitalization review game for some students. I tried to make the questions trickier as they became worth more money.

    Board Game

    I also enjoyed making this problem-solving example of Board Game. Again, this could be played in groups or whole class on individual computers or your interactive whiteboard. All you have to do is type in your questions and answers. Then the game is created and you are ready to play!

    Academic Baseball

    This is a tool that can be projected and used for tons of classroom games as a way to keep score. You can create teacher questions and decide if they are worth single, double, or triple base hits. Then the student chooses an answer. If they get it right, you send their little dot around the bases.

    Quizlet: Digital Flashcards

    Many students like this method of creating digital flashcards to study information or vocabulary words.

     

    There are also some great PowerPoint template games, including Squares, a Hollywood Squares type of game, 20 Questions, and Wheel of Fortune. In each case, you or your students create the content, and you're ready to play. Want more? Download eight other PowerPoint games.

     

    As you create games for your own class, please be sure to share them in the comments section below. We would also love to hear other interesting and engaging ways you review concepts in your classroom.

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