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Math Review Games: Fun with Buzzers

For many of us– it’s testing season! While we may not enjoy it, it’s the reality of school life in many states. There are many ways to review for the large-scale tests with which many of us will be faced in the coming weeks; however, test preparation does not have to be boring. In fact, almost any review can be turned into something fun. With this in mind, in today’s post, I’m sharing one of my favorite math review games.

The game I want to share with you is a personal favorite! It’s also super simple and just plain fun! Most importantly, my students love it! All you need is a set of questions to ask and a set of buzzers (one buzzer per team).

For buzzers, I love using something called an Eggspert (see the picture above). You can find it on Amazon. It’s a set of six connected and colorful buzzers. Note: You can also use battery-operated closet touch lights which can be found at any home improvement store.

How It Works

  1. Divide the class into six equal groups. Assign each student in each group a number, such as 1 – 6. Place the buzzers at the front of the room.
  2. Read a question card. Then, give students time to solve the problem with a dry-erase board or scratch paper. Note: All students must attempt to answer the question or the team is unable to buzz-in.
  3. Randomly select a number. The student who was assigned this number in each group comes up to have a chance to buzz-in.
  4. Reread the question. Allow students to buzz-in. The first student to buzz-in and answer the question correctly, using his or her own work, earns a point for his/her group.

Variation

Eggspert has an awesome feature which randomly selects a student to respond. Once selected, students then have an opportunity to explain his/her solution using the work completed during the work time.

More Math Review Games

Looking for more math review games? Check out my “Math Test Prep and Review Strategies” Pinterest board. In addition, be sure to check out “6 Tips for a Successful Math Review” for ways to create a stellar review during this testing season and read about one of my favorite review strategies here.

Shametria Routt Banks

Shametria Routt Banks

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