April 23, 2013

Musical Chairs Review Game

For today's Teacher Tip, I'm super excited to share this amazing resource from one of my favorite bloggers, Stephanie at Middle School Matters Blog.

I found this Musical Chairs ELA Review Game in her TPT store and knew it would be a great way to review our ELA terms from this school year before the state test. We played it last Friday because I wanted to review with them in a way that wasn't quite so test-aligned (as we've been doing for weeks). I thought they (and truthfully, I) needed a break, and I didn't want to burn them out right before testing week.

I kinda made up my own rules to the game, some of it intentionally and other parts because I was lazy:

1. I copied the game board for each student.
2. I didn't bother to align the number of questions with the number of students in my class. It didn't bother them or me that there were extra seats for our game. Plus, it made it last longer. :)
3. I didn't put the cards in any specific order on the desks. This made it a lot of fun for the kids toward the end of the game because they had to search for the questions they hadn't answered. It caused a lot of laughter!
4. Instead of playing the music when they were answering questions, I used the music to cue my students that it was time to rotate.

We played with the following rules:
1. You must be in a seat when the music stops, or you get an X in that square.
2. You cannot talk when the music is off, or you get an X in that square.

I had a couple of kids in each class who came in late from resource, and I tasked them with being my rule monitors. They loved busting their peers for talking and not having a seat when the music stopped.

When the game was over, we traded to grade, discussing the questions as a whole group when necessary.

My kiddos LOVED this activity! Some of the quotes I heard were:

Why haven't we played this before?

Where has this game been all year?

We should always review like this!

And trust me, we will!

What I love about this game is that you can easily do it with any type of questions: multiple choice, short answer, true/false, matching, etc. It was also a great way to make sure everyone was participating in the review, as opposed to only one person or team at a time. I like that students were committed to putting something on paper (if they didn't know, they could guess or write an X), so it's great data if it's used for a formative assessment (although it was time-consuming... but totally worthsies!).

Head over to Stephanie's TPT store to download her game now!

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