Learning focus: A scoring method for concept checking, can be used with any question type or quiz.
Benefits: Students will love being quizzed! Any time you want to check how a class has grasped a concept, the class will not realise they are being assessed. If there is a team that always wins because they are the strongest in the subject, the way it is scored means they wont necessarily win.
Timing: 15 – 30 minutes. Suitable for concept checking at the beginning, middle or end of class. Can be longer if used for test revision, just make a bigger grid.
Equipment: A list of questions to ask students focused on the current topic, mini-whiteboards or scrap paper, pens (or students can write answer in their note-books if it is something you want them to keep), the game board drawn on a piece of paper.
Planning time: 15 minutes to write questions on the current or past topic.
- Have a list of questions you are going to ask the students.
- Draw a grid on a piece of paper 6 x 4 and populate it with symbols to represent different scoring methods (see below).
- Draw a blank grid on the board with the same number of squares as your grid (do not draw the pictures in yet).
- Draw a score board and give each team 100 points to start with:
- Put Ss into groups of 3 or 4 (pairs would work in small classes, or maybe even individual in very small classes; aim for about 4 – 6 groups max).
- Each team who answers a question correctly gets to choose a square.
- As a team chooses a square, draw the hidden symbol from your grid onto the board and follow the scoring below:
- BOMB – Team loses 10 points
- STAR – Team gains 10 points
- SUPER BOMB – (bomb with a jagged circle) Every team except the team which finds it loses 10 points
- SUPER STAR – (7 point star) Team steals 10 points from another team of their choice
- SNAKE – Team must choose to swap scores with another team (sometimes good, sometimes a disaster!)
- SMILEY – Team must choose a team (not their own) to give 10 points to
- Keep going until all your questions have been answered!
- Be a game show host! The more you build up the suspense, the more fun the class will have.
- Make your own symbols to change it up a bit and make it fresh (and let me know your ideas!).