Easy Vocabulary Review Game!

Here's a quick and easy way to review vocabulary in Middle School!  #diy #teaching #languagearts

If you're looking for a quick and easy way to review vocabulary, here is a low-tech idea that my Father passed on to me during my first few years of teaching:

Tic-Tac-Toe !

Ok - it doesn't sound earth-shattering but it really works in getting the kids up, moving and engaged!  This is how it works:

1.  Draw a tic-tac-toe board on the whiteboard.

2.  Divide the class into 2 teams - the "x" and the "o" team.

3.  You decide which team goes first.

4.  Let's say it's the "x" team - each student on the team takes a turn answering a question and the first student is "up".

5.  The student is asked a question.  If they give the correct answer, they get to put the "x" on the board for the team.  If the student gives the wrong answer, the other team gets a chance to answer.  

6.  Go back and forth between teams with each person on the team getting their own question and the first team with 3 in a row wins!

My Tips:
 - You could play several games and keep track of which team has won the most games to determine the "ultimate winner".  
- Consider keeping a  board that shows the wins throughout the year.  (My middle schoolers love having "bragging rights".)
-  Consider giving the winning team bonus points on a test/quiz.  

I have almost exclusively used this game to review for spelling tests and/or vocabulary tests but you could easily use this for any concept being taught and it requires very little prep!

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  1. I love simplicity! Thanks for sharing, friend. :)

  2. This is a cute idea! I'll have to try it when we review soon! Thanks for sharing!
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