Friday, July 24, 2009

Review Games

I've been combing through some of my files and found a couple of good ideas for review games. I found a game called "SPIDERS AND CANDY" on a website called Free Printables for Teachers. This is especially fun in October! I changed the format slightly to fit my needs. Here's how I play:

Spiders and Candy:
  • Scatter your review flashcards around on a table (the floor would work too).
  • Have the children turn around and cover their eyes. While no one is looking place one marker (see the cut outs below) under each card (either a piece of candy or a spider) I usually do it in a ration of 2 candy markers to 1 spider.

  • The kids take turns selecting a card and answering the question on it. The more candy markers the child collects, the more candy they earn! He or she lifts the card to reveal what is underneath. If it's a candy card, the student takes the card and keeps it. If it's a spider card, they should answer the review questions, but leave the spider marker on the table. Leave the spider on top of the card and proceed to the next player.
    The person with the most candy markers wins! When the game is over you can give a piece of candy for each candy marker the child collected. Or you can allow them to collect 5 candy markers for a snack size candy bar. You can decide how you want to do the candy!
  • For older students, you can play that they only get to keep the candy marker if they answer the questions correctly.
  • Click on the link above for the free printables to go along with the game.

Another game I sometimes play is called "PASS THE CHICKEN!" This is easy to do with flash cards where the students need to memorize a list of information, for example: US presidents, science facts, English grammar terms, Latin vocabulary, etc. Here's how I play:

Pass the Chicken:

To begin the game, all of the children to sit in a circle. In this game, nobody wants to hold the rubber chicken -- the game's only prop! Select one person to be "IT". That person holds the rubber chicken. A grown up will be the"caller". The caller says to the person holding the chicken, "Name five presidents of the United States. Pass the chicken!" As soon as the caller says, "Pass the chicken," the person holding the chicken passes it to the right. Students quickly pass the chicken around the circle. If it returns to the original holder before he or she can name five presidents of the United States, the holder is still It. Otherwise, the person holding the chicken when he/she finishes listing five presidents is the next person to be "IT". You should prepare the topic cards for this game in advance. Topics can relate to your curriculum or memory work. The student who is "IT" must name five items in the called-out category so he/she can get rid of the dreaded chicken!

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