I am always on the lookout for activities that will help me make the learning process fun and interesting for my students. A couple years ago, I came across this great idea for a review game to play with them called Bazinga (Here is the link to the original teacher’s game).
Since I teach my students online, I’ve modified the game slightly to suit our particular needs. I generally will use this game to review in Socials or Science, but it can realistically be used for any topic. Because I have smaller classes, I will typically have only 2 teams. The teams alternate turns answering questions, but each new turn I assign a particular student to be the “team leader”. This helps to avoid some students sitting back and letting everyone else answer.
I will decide the questions ahead of time. Depending on the topic, I may give them multiple choice questions to answer or open-ended questions. If the team answers the question correctly, they receive a point and then get to choose a “card” from the Bazinga Board.
Each “card” on the Bazinga board has some type of bonus consequence. It ranges anywhere from getting two extra points to switching players. My students absolutely love this game and ask me often to play it.
I do have one variation that I will sometimes include. Depending on the types of questions that I have for the students to answer, I will sometimes give the opposing team a chance to steal the point if the team whose question it is gets an incorrect answer.
Because I am a firm believer in teachers helping other teachers, I am providing the PowerPoint Bazinga game that I created and use with my students. It includes a title page, rules of play, the Bazinga board with 9 envelopes, and links to 27 consequences. Each consequence page also has a nifty link straight back to the Bazinga board.
I’d love to hear how you are using review games in your classroom. Share your story below in the comments section.
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