2. Go over HW
3. Test #9-11
One of my favorite review games and one of the ways I change a boring worksheet and create an interactive day for students. Today each student had a set of 25 STAAR questions from Reporting Category 2 (TEKS 6.3 A-C, 6.4 A-B, 6.5 A) to complete.
With a plain set of Jenga blocks, I have written #1 - #25 on 25 of the blocks. Then I added comments on extra blocks like: choose any, choose any even, choose any odd, choose any +2, 2 free points, 1 free point, lose a point, extra turn, lose a turn, and so on until all the blocks had something written on them.
In class, I split my class into two teams- typically boys and girls. I randomly choose a girl from my popsicle sticks (beforehand I usually sort put sticks with girls names in my right pocket and sticks with boys names in my left pocket). This girl comes and pulls a block from the Jenga tower. The block tells this student and the rest of the class what problem to complete. I can walk around and help struggling students and address common mistakes. When the original girl has completed the problem she tells me the answer. If she is correct, she earns a point for her team. If not, the boys can steal. Everyone must be working or: 1. You won't be able to steal, 2. Ms. Stephens makes us stop playing the game and just do the worksheet- boring. Next it is boys turn and so on until class is over or everyone has had a turn.
The kids end up doing all or majority of the problems without realizing it and I'm able to watch work processes and address common errors. It gets a little loud sometimes (today my reading teacher next door messaged me and asked if there was a mouse in my room because she could hear squealing and desks moving)- they really get into it!