Jill Weber, a middle school teacher from our Century of Progress TAH project, shared a great review strategy with the group this morning and thought I would pass it on.
And I’ve used it before but in a bit different way than how Jill described it – I’ll let you decide which you’d like to try first!
The purpose of the activity is to help kids both learn and review foundational information that they’ll need later as part of their learning activities. So it’s an activity that lives towards the bottom of the three story intellect but one that is very useful to help kids move up the different intellect “stories.”
Start by deciding what information you want kids to learn / review. This could be presidents, places, events or even ideas. Then create a series of cards that has both a question and the answer to a different question. The sample below focuses on geography:
Jill uses the following process:
Pass out one card to each student and ask a student to begin the activity. This student reads the question on his/her card. The student who has the card with the answer to this question reads the answer and then reads the question on his/her card. Students should continue until the last card is matched with the card that started the activity. If you time the rounds, students can play several rounds of this game to try to beat the time of the previous round.
I used the activity just a bit differently. Rather than have kids sit and go one after another, I asked the students to get up and find the kid who had the answer to the question on their card. When a kid finds the answer, the two kids swap cards and the process continues until you get tired of the noise. I like this idea because it gets kids up and moving while allowing them the chance to encounter a lot of the questions.
But I also like how Jill does it. If I used this strategy now, I would start with my process and the next day would jump back to Jill’s idea, especially the speed version.