Get creative with your daily test prep in upper elementary with game show question challenges.
If you’ve been around Fun in 5th Grade and More for a while, then you know that we love a good Game Show created specifically to align with the standards and skills associated with upper elementary classes. We’ve talked a lot about how you can use the questions in our game shows to get really creative in the classroom, including this awesome blog post about repurposing game show slides, but today, we have a strategy for you that is sure to be a hit with your students.
Today, we’re discussing Game Show Question Challenges leading up to your statewide tests.
To complete the Game Show Question Challenges, you need Game Shows that cover the skills you want your students to practice, a way to share the Game Shows with your students, and about 5-10 minutes each day that you can dedicate to this form of test prep.
The object of the challenges is simple: give students a chance to compete to see how many questions from each Game Show they can answer in a set amount of time.
You can set this up in a couple of different ways.
- Put students in pairs, with one student acting as scorekeeper and judge while the other answers the questions.
- Pull students out of the classroom individually to complete the challenge.
- Set up computer stations around the room where students complete the challenge independently throughout the day.
- Or any other way you can think of to do this.
The Object of the Game Show Question Challenges
The object is to set a specific amount of time. About 1.5-2 minutes is perfect for this activity. Then, the students are given access to the Game Show.
Since all of our Game Shows are self-checking, students can pick a question, answer it, see the answer, and quickly gauge whether or not they were correct. Then, they can go back to the game board and pick another question.
At the end of the allotted time, students will add the question totals for the ones they got right to determine their score for the day.
Keeping Track of Scores
You have several options for keeping track of or documenting students’ scores for the challenge.
First, you could have students chart their scores on graph paper each day. This is a great way to practice collecting and charting data and/or progress.
Second, you can create some in-class competition by documenting the top scores in the class on each Game Show Question Challenge Day.
Whether you keep track of scores or not, this challenge will allow students to practice the topics they will most likely be presented within their state tests. They will get an opportunity to revisit concepts they may not have seen in a while and get the challenge of working quickly and being creative with how they earn points to beat their peers!
Get the Game Shows Your Student Need
We have a variety of Game Shows that cover a bunch of skills and topics that are typically tested on in the spring. To see all of our game shows, click here or the links below to view the bundle your students need the most.