When I had my class review for a test I knew I had to come up with something that would appeal to all the children and allow them all a fair chance to participate. I decided to make it somewhat competitive this way it will keep their interest.The first place team would receive 5 extra points on their test, 3nd place would get 3 points and 3rd place would get one extra point. I called this Garbage Can Review.
I would divide the class into 3 teams. With each team having a captain that I would choose. Each student would get a chance to be the speaker, the actual person who would give their team's answer. 3 Students from each team would each get a chance to shoot a paper ball into the garbage can from a designated distance away.(this would be rotating) If all 3 students made their shot the question would be worth 5 points, 2 shots in worth 3 points and 1 shot in would be worth 2 points. If no shots were made it the question would only be worth one. The team gets to discuss the answer as a group while the other groups also discuss their possible answer. If the question is answered right then they receive their points and the next team goes. If they are wrong the next team has a chance to answer for those same points.
I know this may sounds a little unconventional but this allowed all students to participate somehow. If they were not able to help with the answer they were at least able to help their team score points.
Submitted by: Lynda Day - Astoria, New York
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