3 Review Ideas to Try Next Week

Three ideas to keep your students engaged while you are reviewing. Making anything interactive will help students stay focused.  By including active movement and conversation you are increasing the students engagement and the opportunity for the information to be retained.

Happy Reviewing!!


  1. Break students into groups of 3 or 4.  Number each group.
  2. Have one person from each group go to the board and draw an object such as a castle. The castle should be labeled with the group number. Give them a 1 minute time limit. (Draw on Flipchart page or Whiteboard)
  3. Teacher will ask a question. All groups discuss and work on the question.
  4. After a given time, a group at random is picked to answer the question.
  5. If the answer is correct, they get to “attack” two castles by putting an X on it. They can only attack each castle once per turn. If the answer is incorrect, the teacher gets to “attack” their object or castle.
  6. A castle is destroyed when it has been attacked three times. (has 3 X’s)
  7. If a group’s castle or object is destroyed—they can stay in the game and continue to get answers correct and attack others but cannot win.
  8. Winner is the last standing castle.

Variations:  Students can attack any object such as a ship, turkey at Thanksgiving, pirate flag, etc.


Stinky Feet

Materials:  A chart created with a stinky foot in the center.

See Example:    http://4thgraderacers.blogspot.com/2013/04/making-test-prep-fun-5-stinky-feet.html

stinky feet

Graphic and idea from Pinterest and above Blog Address.

Around the entire chart, place sticky notes with points such as +3, +1, etc. but also include opportunities to lose points (-1, -4, etc.) which makes it “stinky.”

sticky notes

  1. Students are put into 2 groups.  Each student is given a number.
  2. The teacher poses a question and students put their “heads together” to figure out the answer.
  3. The teacher calls a specific number to correspond to be the spokesperson on one team. The other team must be ready in case the answer is incorrect.
  4. If the student answers correctly, they choose a sticky note from the Stinky Feet Chart. This determines the number of points the team will get. If the answer is incorrect, the other team is given the opportunity to answer and choose from the Stinky Feet Chart.

The creator of this game suggests to put the sticky notes above the chart as you use them so they can reused again.

Here is a STINKY FOOT TEMPLATE (foot page)–print and add your smelly graphics and laminate. Add your sticky note points and you are ready to go!


Review using BOARD GAMES and TASK CARDS for any subject

Bring in board games that children love and know how to play such as chutes and ladders, Sorry, CandyLand, Connect Four, Operation, etc. This is just a way to engage students in question and answers or task cards by allowing them to play a familiar game.

  1.  Students are separated into groups of 4.
  2. Each group chooses a board game and is given a set of task cards with self check answers.
  3. Questions are divided equally among players and placed facing so others cannot see answers or the question.
  4. The board game is played but before a student can have their turn–they must answer a question correctly.  If they miss the question–they lose a turn.

Variation:  You can have students have options (1 each per student) if they miss a question to “Phone a Friend” which means they could go ask one person for input and given 2 minutes to find the answer. You could allow–“Ask a Friend” for help and that person could be given 2 minutes to ask for advice.




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