Here’s a game we play on Test Review days that engages all the students at once and gives every team a chance at points in every round (unlike Jeopardy).

I count the students off into groups of 3-4 students. Each group gets an answer sheet for the game (a piece of colored paper with a letter, A, B, C, D, …) at the top. I make a “scoreboard” on the board to tally the results of the rounds (12 in this case). Here’s what that looks like:

Then we begin the game. Here’s a sample game – the one we played today in class.

For each round, the students work with their group to come up with an answer they can all agree on. Group A writes this on their answer sheet, Group B on their answer sheet, etc. If a group does not want to submit an answer they can write “HOLD” or just hold on to their sheet for the round. When all answers are in, I put up the answer and, if necessary, work through the problem. By the end of the game, the scoreboard might look something like this:

The students seem to like the game whether you play it for points or just for fun. I always choose the more difficult problems for the game because it has the effect of inspiring students who “think they know all of it” to study a little harder.

You should be able to download the PowerPoint file and alter it for your own purposes if you’d like to try the game.

Dr. Maria Andersen has spent most of her career teaching, writing curriculum, and developing digital products for learning. Recently she returned to the classroom, having new teaching adventures in K-12 middle and high school.