October 14, 2014

Bluff Review Game Freebie

Look at me posting two days in a row! AND you get another freebie! I guess that's the benefit of me not working again today.

Today, I get to give you a Teaching Tip, which I haven't done in WAY too long, AND I get to link up with Tried it Tuesday because this was a new idea that I just LOVE!

Since I was a student, Jeopardy has been one of the go-to review game in class. The problem I've always had with it as a teacher is that the majority of your students are just not engaged. If they're not engaged, they're not paying attention. If they're not paying attention, they're not really reviewing anything.

During my leave cover, I was introduced to the perfect solution: Bluff Review Game!


Bluff is a twist on your average jeopardy game that gets all students involved. Here's how it works:
  1. Divide you class into two teams.
  2. Team A selects a question.
  3. Everyone on Team A who knows the answer OR wishes to bluff stands up silently.
  4. Teacher selects ONE member to answer the question.
  5. If that member is correct, one point is awarded per standing member. This is why it's fun to take the risk and bluff!
  6. If that member is wrong, Team B gets a chance to steal all of those points.
  7. Switch to Team B until all questions have been answered.
Can students still choose not to participate? Sure! It's never going to be perfect! BUT... there's a lot of positive peer pressure to participate because they want to earn the most points possible. They also learn pretty quickly to be sneaky with their bluffs because I love to call on the students who I think don't know the answer. 

We played this a chapter review before a test and again on my last day as a review of what they had learned about me this year. Every single one of my students LOVES this game!

If you click on the Bluff image above, you can download a blank Bluff board (in PowerPoint) for 30 questions, which already has all the links in place for you! (Note: I give the answers orally so there is no place on the board to write them.) I hope your students enjoy this as much as mine!


  1. What a fun game! My students love to play games, especially for review.

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  2. I can't get it to download. Can you help me? I was looking for a great review activity with my students.

  3. Hi Laura! I just added another link above the image. I think the Pinterest link is overriding mine. Sorry for the confusion!

  4. I love the bluff twist to this game! So fun! Thanks for linking up and sharing. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper