- Create a question deck. I pick four categories or skills that need reviewing and come up with five question cards per category. I have been hot on plurals, pronouns, quotes, and parts of speech. Place these in a pocket chart at the front of your room.
- Split your class into two teams. Two children (one from each team) square-off at a time. I have the kids each roll a die to determine who gets to pick the category. It just creates a little more “sizzle.”
- STOP and frontload this. Talk about what it means to be a good sport. It will keep hurt feelings to a minimum. I also take this time to say that EVERYONE will be a winner if they are a good sport. I give a small treat/prize at the end of the game for everyone who shows good sportsmanship.
- When a category is selected, read the question aloud and have the two answer on mini-white boards. For example, I make them write out the quote or re-write a sentence to include the pronoun instead of the noun.
- Whoever gets the right answer first is the winner. It’s just like the TV show. I offer this child a prize and it is his/her decision to keep it or trade if for something under one of my “doors.” There is a chance for something really awesome (new lunchbox, games, toys . . . Dollar Store delights), but their is also a chance for something stinky (cans of peas, used batteries . . . anything I find in my desk that I don’t want). Most of the time they will trade even though they know they might get stuck with something icky.
- I have the rest of the class attempt to answer on their white boards while they are at their seats. This keeps everyone working. If both kiddos answer incorrectly then I hit up students in the audience. Sometimes I reward correct answers from the crowd with a little treat.
|In my defense . . . I haven’t purchased one in three years.
Well, I think it’s been three 🙂 I got it in a cute royal blue color! Darn you J.Crew.
Well, night gang. My school starts testing tomorrow. I just gotta give a shout out . . . GOOD LUCK SWEET EVERGREEN! I’ll be there in spirit. You can do it!