Mar 092009

I am a first year high school math teacher. I have some fun ideas for review games before tests to use with my students. We have played all sorts of games like Jeopardy, Basketball, even variations of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. I like to use these games because the kids get really involved and excited about learning when it's fun. But I'm always looking for more ideas to help my students. Are there any ideas you might have for fun review games for high schoolers?

I know you mentioned Jeopardy already, but there are a few sites on the internet that allow you to download a PowerPoint Jeopardy program. If you have an Infocus in your classroom, the kids really get into this kind of review. Some of the PP's come with the Jeopardy sounds and everything!

I do a thing called a Waterfall with my kids in math, but it's more for skills related tests. I line the kids up facing eachother in their desks. Let's say it's 7 kids and 7 kids. I make review worksheets with, maybe, 10 problems on each one. I make 7 worksheets. It's technically a game of speed, so it's only sensible for a homogeneous class where no one will be embarrassed by slow processing speed. The first person on each team gets a stack of the 7 worksheets. I set the timer for something like 45 seconds or something. It depends on the worksheet. You click the timer and the first person on each team starts doing the work on the first worksheet. They do as many problems as they can and then you yell "Waterfall" and they give that sheet to the next person in line. They start on the next one, and so forth and so on. When the last person finishes the last sheet, i.e. you yell "time", the team with the most CORRECT answers wins. I give out free homework passes or something like that.

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2 Comments to “Any Ideas for Good Review Games for Students?”

  1. KF says:

    I know you mentioned Jeopardy already, but there are a few sites on the internet that allow you to download a PowerPoint Jeopardy program. If you have an Infocus in your classroom, the kids really get into this kind of review. Some of the PP's come with the Jeopardy sounds and everything!

    I do a thing called a Waterfall with my kids in math, but it's more for skills related tests. I line the kids up facing eachother in their desks. Let's say it's 7 kids and 7 kids. I make review worksheets with, maybe, 10 problems on each one. I make 7 worksheets. It's technically a game of speed, so it's only sensible for a homogeneous class where no one will be embarrassed by slow processing speed. The first person on each team gets a stack of the 7 worksheets. I set the timer for something like 45 seconds or something. It depends on the worksheet. You click the timer and the first person on each team starts doing the work on the first worksheet. They do as many problems as they can and then you yell "Waterfall" and they give that sheet to the next person in line. They start on the next one, and so forth and so on. When the last person finishes the last sheet, i.e. you yell "time", the team with the most CORRECT answers wins. I give out free homework passes or something like that.
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  2. kati elliott says:

    You can create real Jeopardy! games with Classroom Jeopardy. The hardware plugs into a television and includes student remotes and the same play as the television show, except you are creating the games. I have seen situations where students are creating games as well as part of their research on topics. It is a great way to get kids motivated to learn and prepare for testing.

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