End of Year Review Strategies

Elementary

It's Crunch Time

As I think back to my time in the classroom, I remember those last few weeks before exams. It certainly felt like crunch time trying to review the major concepts we had spent a whole year (or semester) covering. There was also a fine line of trying to get students ready for the exam, but also not burning them out. One thing that helped me the most was trying to find ways to have a little fun leading up to exams. If the students hadn't learned the content yet, they weren't likely going to learn it by drill-and-practice methods just days before the big test. Below are some ways to incorporate EOG review activities in an engaging way to make that final stretch a little more enjoyable. If you like what you see and try it in your classroom, I'd love to hear what you tried and how it went. Also, you can schedule a time with me to come in and model a review strategy in your classroom.

Online Tools

Old Favorites - No Tech Required

  • Whiteboards: students write answer on white board individually or in groups, keeping track of points on the board.
  • ABCD Answer Cards: Students hold up letter corresponding with their answer.
  • 4 Corners: Each corner of the room represents a different letter. Students move to the corner corresponding with the letter that represents their answer choice.

Games and Activities that go along with EOC Review

Set up stations:


  • Station 1: Review Game (Set up with one computer)
  • Station 2: Quia Review with Vocabulary
  • Station 3: BrainPOP video review of specific content (Alternative: EdPuzzle activity. This allows you to select the video and build in questions throughout).
  • Station4: Teacher station with help going through old tests and learning test taking strategies or specific concepts.
  • Station 5: Laptop station - reviewing content via website such as Khan Academy, Dreambox, Prodigy Math Games, iReady, etc.



Competitive Review Games created from old EOC questions (Templates can be found here).


  • Jeopardy
  • Hollywood Squares
  • Dodgeball
  • Koosh Ball Game
  • Pick a Star
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • My Bad

Games

The Game of Bluff

  1. Cut out small squares numbered 1-50. Put them in a brown paper bag or small container for students to reach into and select a number.
  2. Make a list of 50 review questions pertaining to a given unit (one per number of squares you cut up). Only you will see the questions and answers.
  3. Divide the class into 2 teams with Team A on one side of the room and Team B on the other side of the room. Have the teams turn their desks to face each other and sit down.


Game rules and procedures:


  • No one can talk once the game begins
  • Each student must qualify in order to receive credit
  • The teacher is the coordinator for the game
  • A member from Team A will select a number from the bag. The teacher will read the question that matches that number from the list of questions. Students from Team B will stand up if they think they are able to correctly answer the question. The team member who picked the number choose a member from Team B who is standing to answer the question. If answered correctly, Team B receives a point for each person standing up. Someone could try to get points for their team by standing up even though they don't know the answer (bluffing).
  • If Team B does not successfully answer the question, Team A gets all the points for each person standing up and has the chance to steal the question. The members from Team A stand up if they think they are able to answer the question. The teacher chooses a student from Team A to answer. If answered correctly, they get the bonus points. If incorrect, no additional points are given.
  • Alternate turns until all questions have been covered.
  • If someone is caught trying to help a teammate answer a question, they are disqualified from the next round and the points automatically are awarded to the other team.
  • The team with the most points at the end wins! Reward = teacher's choice.

Numbered Heads Together

Numbered Heads Together is a cooperative learning strategy that holds each student accountable for learning the material. Students are placed in groups and each person is given a number (from one to the maximum number in each group). The teacher poses a questions and students "put their heads together" to figure out the answer. The teacher calls a specific number to respond as spokesperson for the group. By having students work together in a group, this strategy ensures that each member knows the answer to problems or questions asked by the teacher. Because no one knows which number will be called, all team members must be prepared.

Other Resources

This content was shared with me. I have added some of my own content, but also used and adapted content originally created by Amy Brewer at Concord Middle School.