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April 7, 2015

5 Ways to Have Fun Reviewing: Test Prep and Practice

By Meghan Everette
Grades 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

     

    Test season is upon us, and whether you are preparing for state and national tests, or just reviewing concepts taught throughout the year, having a few fun and effective ways to keep kids focused is important. Throw in a couple of these methods to spice up your assessment routine and keep kids engaged throughout test-prep.

     

     

    Know Your ABCs

    Word cloud abc

    Have teams or individuals supply important vocabulary terms for each letter of the alphabet around a specific concept. For example, when reviewing weather, teams might come up with Anemometer, Barometer, Cumulous, etc. Combine the terms into a main list that all students can work from when reviewing. Students might remember some terms off the top of their head, but they will have to use texts and search for others, which is a great review in itself. Make interesting anchor charts by putting the terms into a Wordle or using Tagxedo with a picture shape that coordinates.

     

     

    Create a Board Game

    printable dragon gameboard

    Print a board game, or use one from a classic game. To make sure students focus on the right thing, lay out the game rules in advance. Students come up with the review questions and write them on index cards cut in half. They can leave answers open-ended, or provide answer choices. Then have students play the games, rotating around. Make the game digital with free tools like Kahoot.

    • Create math word problems and the fastest answer wins.

    • Provide a reading passage for all players. Have students answer questions about the passage to move ahead.

    • Give real-life examples of a science process and find the scientific term to describe it.

    • Make charades with different terms and take turns acting out the vocabulary

    Charades kahoot example

    Get Sporty

    Make a large game board that looks like a football field, basketball court, or baseball field. Divide players into teams. Each correct answer earns a move, such as a base hit or a first down. Wrong answers are strikes, fouls, or turnovers. Switch up teams often to keep students interested and keep the game from being lopsided. This can be used once, or as an ongoing challenge each time you have summative results.

     

    Three Truths

    The premise is simple: each person writes three truths and one lie. They read the four statements and other players guess which one is the lie. To apply this to review, have students write three historic facts, science processes, or mathematical equations, and one false or wrong fact. To use with comprehension, have students chunk up longer text, or ask them to read short paragraphs, then create three correct summaries or inferences about characters and one that is misstated or misinterpreted. Students can rotate in small groups to play, or the entire class can play at once. Making the results digital, with the help of Socrative or another online review tool, will ensure each student answers. Plus you can see how many are incorrect before continuing.

    Socrative example Practicing with Kahoot

    Riddle Me This

    Jeopardy template

    Stretch students’ writing abilities and review at the same time. Have each student or group create a rhyming riddle that asks a math problem, asks for a character clue, or hints at a historic event. Put them into subject categories and play with Jeopardy-style rules, letting students pick the category and question value. Play as individually or as teams.

    writing questions together

     

    Keeping energy up, behaviors tamed, and learning going through review can be tough. A few interesting and new ways to cover information can keep kids engaged.

    What ways do you help kids review?

     

     

    Test season is upon us, and whether you are preparing for state and national tests, or just reviewing concepts taught throughout the year, having a few fun and effective ways to keep kids focused is important. Throw in a couple of these methods to spice up your assessment routine and keep kids engaged throughout test-prep.

     

     

    Know Your ABCs

    Word cloud abc

    Have teams or individuals supply important vocabulary terms for each letter of the alphabet around a specific concept. For example, when reviewing weather, teams might come up with Anemometer, Barometer, Cumulous, etc. Combine the terms into a main list that all students can work from when reviewing. Students might remember some terms off the top of their head, but they will have to use texts and search for others, which is a great review in itself. Make interesting anchor charts by putting the terms into a Wordle or using Tagxedo with a picture shape that coordinates.

     

     

    Create a Board Game

    printable dragon gameboard

    Print a board game, or use one from a classic game. To make sure students focus on the right thing, lay out the game rules in advance. Students come up with the review questions and write them on index cards cut in half. They can leave answers open-ended, or provide answer choices. Then have students play the games, rotating around. Make the game digital with free tools like Kahoot.

    • Create math word problems and the fastest answer wins.

    • Provide a reading passage for all players. Have students answer questions about the passage to move ahead.

    • Give real-life examples of a science process and find the scientific term to describe it.

    • Make charades with different terms and take turns acting out the vocabulary

    Charades kahoot example

    Get Sporty

    Make a large game board that looks like a football field, basketball court, or baseball field. Divide players into teams. Each correct answer earns a move, such as a base hit or a first down. Wrong answers are strikes, fouls, or turnovers. Switch up teams often to keep students interested and keep the game from being lopsided. This can be used once, or as an ongoing challenge each time you have summative results.

     

    Three Truths

    The premise is simple: each person writes three truths and one lie. They read the four statements and other players guess which one is the lie. To apply this to review, have students write three historic facts, science processes, or mathematical equations, and one false or wrong fact. To use with comprehension, have students chunk up longer text, or ask them to read short paragraphs, then create three correct summaries or inferences about characters and one that is misstated or misinterpreted. Students can rotate in small groups to play, or the entire class can play at once. Making the results digital, with the help of Socrative or another online review tool, will ensure each student answers. Plus you can see how many are incorrect before continuing.

    Socrative example Practicing with Kahoot

    Riddle Me This

    Jeopardy template

    Stretch students’ writing abilities and review at the same time. Have each student or group create a rhyming riddle that asks a math problem, asks for a character clue, or hints at a historic event. Put them into subject categories and play with Jeopardy-style rules, letting students pick the category and question value. Play as individually or as teams.

    writing questions together

     

    Keeping energy up, behaviors tamed, and learning going through review can be tough. A few interesting and new ways to cover information can keep kids engaged.

    What ways do you help kids review?

     

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