Every year, my test review activity is Jeopardy style review games for math and reading. Every year? Yes – every year! Why? Because it works! The kids love it and it paves the way for great review and discussion.
I don’t have a fancy buzzer system or anything like that in my room but you could totally use a system like that if you have access to one. I just put the group into teams of 3 or 4 and we just rotate around the room. My goal was for the team to work together to talk through the question, how to answer it, and if there was disagreement give their explanation to the team. The team could not submit their answer unless everyone agreed. So if there was disagreement they had to convince their team they were right. This was the crux of the learning and review.
Every year the kids were engaged and having fun. They were reviewing multiple topics and practicing many different skills. It has and continues to be a great review day activity! When the kids cheer when it starts and groan when its over and did lots of review and learning in between – it’s a win-win activity!
The Reading game covers the following reading areas: Context Clues, Fact and Opinion, Cause and Effect, Reading for Details, Inferencing and Main Idea. The Final Jeopardy question is on Poetry. The Math game covers Number Lines, Story Problems, Geometry, Graphs, Fractions, Area, Perimeter, Input/Output, Time and Probability.
Want to know how we ended Prep Week – with a relaxing day that didn’t focus on the test at all. We’ve done family picnics, days of reading in desk forts, and more! For more testing time ideas visit my Test Time Pinterest board.
I’d love to know how you tackle reviewing for the end of the year tests.