Reflection: Joy Review Game and Unit Assessment - Section 2: Review Game



I play a lot of games in class because it is a great way for students to review or learn new content in a fun way.  There are so many different games that can be incorporated.  It is important to use a wide variety of games so that students don't get bored doing the same one over and over.  If they have a favorite it can be rotated in several times throughout the year.  

Choosing a game that fits your needs is important.  For example, if it is to reinforce or teach new content you would want larger groups, of maybe 4 students, because it provides an opportunity for more discussion and peer assistance.  Since no students have had the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of the new content, the purpose of the game is merely to learn more, or see the content in new ways.  The discussion that takes place during these games is most important.  

If it is to review content that students have demonstrated success with, you would want smaller groups consisting of two or three students so that there is a better chance areas of weakness would stand out and allow for review.  If you have too many students together in this case it is likely that every group would have at least one student that is able to answer each question, meaning there would be very few errors or chances for review.  If there are any areas that need reviewed, they are more likely to miss those questions working in smaller groups. 

If you are incorporating a game to review content where about half the class has demonstrated success and the other half has struggled, you would want to create a more individualized game.  This will truly allow you to see which students have made progress through reteaching that has occurred throughout the unit and which you need to repeat content with prior to the assessment.  By playing the game individually, it is very clear which students need that extra help because they aren't getting any help from peers.  This is the type of game used in this lesson.  When using this type of game it is important to remember to group those students who have already demonstrated a good understanding of the content together, playing against each other, and those who are struggling against each other.  If you group a struggling student playing against a student who has demonstrated a good understanding, the struggling student will only get frustrated and give up.    

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Review Game and Unit Assessment

Unit 6: Earth's Place In Space
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate proficiency on standards 5-ESS1-1 and 5-ESS1-2.

Big Idea: Students will play a review game to help prepare for the assessment, then take the assessment that will be used as evidence to support their learning throughout this unit.

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Science, Earth and Space Science, space, Planets
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