As a teacher, you are responsible for ensuring students learn
the topics and skills that they need to succeed. Despite the collective
groans and protestations from your students, the best ways to
analyze how well they are learning the material is through review
worksheets and exams. However, there are several ways you can
make these review sessions fun.
Race to knowledge!
One fun way to reinforce information is to have worksheet races
in class. Create several different printable worksheets, each
with different questions and answers. Depending on the student's
age, these can have anywhere from four to 10 questions. It is
helpful to code questions and answers with an ID number to keep
the information organized for you. Divide the class into equal
group - four to six students per group usually works best. Have
them form groups and elect a runner, and write all the group names
on the board for scorekeeping. As soon as a group is finished
with the worksheet, the runner brings it up to you. You check
it against your teacher worksheets for accuracy, sending it back
if there are errors. The first team to complete all questions
correctly wins 3 points; second team 2 points, third team 1 point.
Repeat for several rounds, with the team with the most points
winning a prize at the end.
You can also create an exciting entire class competition. Create
a worksheet with a large number of questions. You can reuse questions
from homeschool worksheets to make it easier to review. Divide
the class into two teams, such as the left side of the room against
the right side. Separate the chalkboard into two sections, and
have a student from each team come up to the board. You can either
read or write a question on the board, and the first student to
have the right answer wins a point for their team. If both students
get it wrong, the next two students have an opportunity to answer
correctly. Keep cycling through until all the questions have been
answered and all students have had several turns. If you have
trouble keeping the class quiet, you can deduct points for students
answering out of turn or cutting in line. The winning team at
the end wins a prize.
For vocabulary or math skills, your class can play review Bingo.
You will need to create a worksheet of at least 24 questions with
different answers, which you can develop by reviewing previous
assignments. On the board or a transparency, write down all of
the answers. Give students a few minutes to create their own Bingo
cards, placing answers randomly in squares. Once they have their
cards set up, read questions randomly. The first student to mark
off a Bingo on their card with the correct answers to the questions
read receives a prize. You can then have students clear their
boards to start again, or continue playing, depending on the number
of questions you have to use.
A good review for students will both challenge them to remember
learned skills and have fun. You can also choose to follow up
the in-class review by sending home review worksheets comprised
of the questions for completion at home. Selecting questions or
problems from previous assignments or from the upcoming test can
make preparation easier for you - and fun for the students!