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5 Games for Test Review

Lighten up your classroom with a game that helps students study and remember.


When it's time to review material for an upcoming test, lighten up your classroom with a game that helps students study and remember. Try one of these five group games that work great for test review.

1. Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie is a game most often used for introductions, but it's a perfect game for test review, too, and it's adaptable to any topic.

Ask each student to make three statements about your test review topic: two statements that are true and one that's a lie.

Moving around the room, give each student a chance to make their statements and a chance to identify lies. Use both right and wrong answers as inspiration for discussion.

This games works really well with teams. Keep score on the board, and go around the room twice if you need to in order to cover all the material. Have examples of your own to ensure that everything you want to review gets mentioned.

2. Where in the World?

Where in the World? is a good game for geography review or any other topic that involves locations around the globe, or within a country, or even a literary genre. Use your imagination.

Instead of describing where where a student is from, as you would during introductions, ask each student to describe a specific characteristic of whatever it is you are testing. Each student will have a chance to make a description and a chance to guess.

This game, too, is great for team work.

Where in the world is the person, place, or thing the student is describing?

3. Time Machine

Play Time Machine as a test review in history class or any other class in which dates and places figure large.

You can ask each student to take a turn at describing a detailed event or historical place, or split your group into teams. Give your teams 5-10 minutes to come up with their descriptions. Encourage them to be exact but subtle. You want to find how well they know the period you are testing. What are the people wearing? What are they doing? Driving? Eating?

The opposing team must guess the date and place of the event described.

This game is flexible. Modify it to fit your specific situation. Are you testing battles? Presidents? Inventions? Ask your students to describe the setting.

4. Snowball Fight

Having a snowball fight in the classroom not only helps with test review, it's invigorating, whether it's winter or summer!

This game is entirely flexible to your topic. Using paper from your recycle bin, ask students to write test questions and then crumple the paper into a snowball. Divide your group into two teams and position them on opposite sides of the room.

Let the fight begin!

When you call time, each student must pick up a snowball, open it up, and answer the question.

5. Brainstorm Race

Brainstorm Race is a good adult game for several teams of four or five students. Give each team a way to record answers, whether they use a flip chart, white board, or whatever.

Announce a topic to be covered on the test and allow the teams 30 seconds to write down as many ideas concerning the topic as they can come up with...without speaking!

Compare lists. The team with the most ideas wins a point. Depending on your setting, you can review each topic immediately and then go on to the next topic, or play the entire game and recap afterward.

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