Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pass the Paper!

We played a game on Friday that the kids got a kick out of, and -- BONUS! -- also got a science review in the process. 

I divided my class into three groups and had them line their chairs up, one in front of the other, all facing forward. I designated a leader for each, and gave each team a clipboard with the review sheet for our next unit test. It included both multiple choice questions and fill-in-the-blank statements. 

After displaying the Google timer on the SMART Board and setting it for five minutes, I handed each team leader the clipboard. 

Each member of the team completed one answer of his choice before passing the clipboard to the person behind him. It's then her turn to do the same. 

Play continues until either a team finishes the entire review sheet or the time is up. The game is short to keep students' interest piqued, although the amount of time is determined by you. I tally the results afterward, and the team with the most points is the winner. 

I like this kind of team game because it doesn't put unnecessary pressure on any one student. I make sure the review sheet includes a wide range of questions for each student to answer. Plus, teammates don't know who answered which question. The game is best for content areas, and can be used in all grades!

Winners earned Class Dojo points and Holey-Moley Hole Punches, although a little bit of competition is enough incentive for many kids! 

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