Sunday, September 2, 2012
#hssunfun Algeopardy - favorite review game
My favorite default review game is "Algeopardy". Since I mainly teach Algebra, it was easy to smush that word with Jeopardy to create Algeopardy. Beforehand, I create the game board with the different main topics of the chapter/unit as the categories. I use notecards for the questions and cover them up with post-it notes that have the dollar values written. (I don't have the answers written and have the students say the question...that would be a bit challenging and would stray from the point of the review.) I split the class up into 3 teams. I don't have the buzzers, so the teams are "Crash", "Boom", and "Bang". When a team writes their answer on a dry erase board, they call out their team name. I acknowledge the first team name I hear. They hold up their answer (instead of saying it). If they are correct, they are awarded the "money". If they are incorrect, that "money" is subtracted. Negative money is possible. I have 2 daily doubles. At the end of the class period, the team with the most "money" gets 3 bonus points on their test the next day. Second place gets 2 bonus points on their test. Third place gets 1 bonus point.
Here is a picture of a student made Algeopardy board. They used tissue paper instead of post-its (and had different dollar values as you can see). I think they gave candy instead of awarded money since they didn't have extra credit power when they conducted their review game. Plus, they all like bringing in candy.