Need Some Ideas for Test Review?
It’s time to review what you’ve been working on all year long for those oh-so-important standardized tests. But don’t despair, test review doesn’t have to be dull. There are plenty of ways to make it fun! Here are 36 of them:
- Use QR Codes. Scanning QR codes has become much easier over the years, and your students can easily check their answers on practically any device! My favorite QR Maker is called QR Code Monkey! You can make custom codes that visually go with your assignment! Fun!
- Make a digital board game! You can use your game board with any review questions you have. You can read more strategies for digitizing your reviews here, or you can download the game template and more for free!
- Ask the whole class or a small group a question (or display with document camera). Have students answer on individual white boards. Say, “1…2…3…Show!” to have all students show their answers at once for quick assessment.
- Have students quiz each other in pairs with task cards, flash cards, or other test prep questions.
- Surprise your students by hiding question cards under a few of their seats. Announce, “Hot seat!” at some point during the day. Students with questions are challenged to answer (possibly with help from classmates).
- Play Quiz, Quiz, Trade.
- Outside: Allow students to write answers in chalk on the pavement.
- Make a test prep PowerPoint. Use individually or with the whole class. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but a little animation will make it fun!
- Don’t forget those interactive notebooks you’ve been working on all year. Partner review will keep them accountable.
- Use Boom Cards to make test review fun and easy. Boom Cards provide lots of data from your students’ play so that you can individualize study sessions.
- Use Kahoot! Have students create test problems and quiz each other, or use a question from each student to make a mock test for the whole class.
Let Your Students Make the Review!
- Try this fun and free Fact Swap game with your whole class.
- Split the class into two or three teams. Teams get a point for correct answers. Add a fun extra point by allowing the student who answered correctly to try to make a basket with a foam ball.
- Play BINGO with review questions.
- Use exit tickets.
- Hide question cards around the room. Students hunt with an answer sheet, answering as they go.
- Try this fun game using sticky notes from Alyssa at Teaching in the Fast Lane.
- Set up a review quiz in the form of a pub quiz, with teams of 2-4 students.
- Review Jeopardy style and give the answers, requiring students to answer in the form of a question.
- Use an online crossword puzzle program to make crosswords puzzles for review.
- For challenging or monotonous subjects, allow students to earn Brain Breaks after a given number of correct answers. One of our favorites is 5-4-3-2-1. In this simple game, students stand up and the teacher (or leader) has them do five different movements in descending order. For example the teacher would say: “Do five jumping jacks, spin around four times, hop on one foot three times, walk all the way around the classroom two times, give your neighbor one high-five (pausing in between each task for students to do it).
5-4-3-2-1 Brain Break Game
You can use this FREE brain break activity either face-to-face or over Zoom for Distance Learning! This activity is fun to use and can even be customized!
Click here to get your own copy. Once it’s yours, you can customize it for your own students or use it as is!
- Play Scoot or go on a gallery walk (put the cards on the wall). Or go outside and put questions all over the playground.
- Use a board game, such as Checkers, Trouble, Battleship, or Connect 4. Students must answer a question card before taking their turns.
- Put review questions on Jenga blocks.
- Test prep stations: Different skill at each station, rotate them through in groups. This post helps you make sure your centers stay organized.
- Play Circle Up! Put kids in two circles of equal number, one inside the other. The inside circle faces the outside circle. Each student has a question card. Students each quiz the student across from them. Then, the inside circle moves one to the right. Repeat. There are fun variations.
- Play “I Have, Who Has” with your class. Watch this video where I show how to make your own Digital Version of “I Have Who Has.”
- Review those anchor charts.
- Have students make their own mini anchor charts for key concepts.
- Play Around the World. One student stands behind the seat of another student. The teacher asks a question. The first to answer moves to the next student. If the standing student loses the round, then he takes the other student’s seat. The idea is to go “Around the World.” Good for flash cards.
- Try turning your bulletin board into a test prep review game.
- Play Game Show. Be sure you have a bell for a buzzer and your most annoying game show host voice! The kids will love it!
- Allow students to write their name on tickets for every correct answer, and have a raffle for a few small prizes after each review session.
- Put review questions in quirky places: on the backs of bathroom passes and bathroom stall doors, on the wall where students line up, on the wall behind the drinking fountain or sink, etc.
- Squeeze test prep into odd moments: walking in line, waiting for a specialist, just before school lets out, whenever you have a few spare minutes.
- Have student pairs review on a “Walkabout.” Students review while walking together.
- Allow students to write answers in shaving cream on their desks.
Need Review Material?
I can’t think of a better resource for test review than task cards! Minds in Bloom has nearly 300 task card resources!
Check out our entire line of task cards or download a FREE 30-page E-book called The Task Card Handbook.
I love these ideas. Reviewing with games takes the stress of the test away but yet holding them accountable ensures that their take away is meaningful. I’m excited to implement some of your ideas into my teaching.
Becca Lee says
Great ideas, thanks for sharing! Quizzes are great. We use a fun online quiz template like http://www.kahoot.com or http://www.uquizgames.com so you put your own questions and answers in.