I always tell my students, "Study for the test"- but I sometimes forget to show them how to study. I encourage my students to take different kinds of notes to review for quizzes and tests and give them options to choose from. I usually make the "notes" or "vocabulary" mandatory and I do a quick spot check in class to see if they completed them. Click the image below to a hyperlinked worksheet that can give students ownership over their learning.
My students absolutely love playing Kahoot, but I feel like I am over using it. I wanted to mix it up, so I found a great alternative: Quizizz. It is just as easy to use and just as fun. And, it has funny little memes and you have a Homework option, so students can take quizzes at Home.
Tips: Turn music off in settings after you create quiz, it may get loud in class, but it is exciting music. Great for HW option. Maybe have students put their students ID numbers so students don't get embarrassed by missing answers.
I cannot stress enough how much my students LOVE review Bingo (All ages, even my jaded 11th graders loved it). Its labor intensive to create your first one, but then you will have it forever. Create a google slide presentation. Each slide write a question and the second slide write the correct answer. Have about 25-30 questions, but make sure you repeat the same questions a few times, so you will end up with about 100 slides--that way you can play multiple rounds.
Print a BINGO card and vocabulary list (that matches the answers on the powerpoint) for each student. When students enter the classroom they randomly fill out their BINGO card with the vocabulary (takes about 5-10 minutes). Cut out a ton of little colored paper (I layer about 4 pieces of bright construction paper and cut long strips of paper. After I cut the strips, I cut the strips into small squares, takes about 5 minutes...and save them for next time) Distribute a pile of squares to students to use.
After students fill out their cards, go through the presentation. I randomly call students to answer the questions. If they have the correct vocabulary word, they cover it with a piece of paper. I also have a student write the vocabulary word on the board, so students don't "accidentally" cover the wrong word. We typically play 30 minutes and sometimes I give out "Mendez Tickets" (our incentive at our school).
Trust me...the kids LOVE this.
Here is a file for the Bingo Card and my 8th Grade antebellum Review game, feel free to use or modify.
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