This fun and engaging review game comes with 36 U.S. Constitution-related questions/answers and consists of four different rebus-type puzzles each obscured by 9 tiles. Teams of students pick a tile and get a question. If they answer correctly, they get to see what is behind the tile and take one guess at the puzzle. First team to guess the puzzle’s message wins the round. There are four rounds and altogether they take ~45-55 minutes to do.
The puzzle answers are U.S. history-related, but not necessarily civics-related. All of the questions are about the U.S. Constitution, although you could adapt these puzzles by making questions about any topic.
This has run smoothly with classes numbering between 24 and 32 students but there is no reason it shouldn’t work with other class sizes.
Product is a .zip file which contains a power point* (.ppt) review game and a .pdf with directions and 36 Civics review questions.
*Game requires a focus projector so the entire class can view it
→ Works great on an interactive white board! ←
This activity is student-tested and teacher-approved!
★ I created this academic game after I found Jeopardy®-type games did not engage the entire class. One knowledgeable student will not dominate this game, and students stay engaged when it is not their turn since they are trying to solve the puzzle. So many students asked me to make more of these puzzles that I made another (Reform Era – available on TPT) and then another (not yet available for download) at their urging. I even made a science one for my wife - a 7th grade science teacher - and her kids loved it, too. I have not tried these with high school students but I imagine they would find them fun, also.
★ Since the puzzles are very English language-dependent, I have not tried these with my sheltered (EL/ELL) history classes, so I don’t recommend these puzzles for such a class, although my higher-level EL students in my non-sheltered classes enjoyed them.
Purchasing this product grants permission for use by one teacher in his or her own classroom. If you intend to share with others, please buy additional licenses. Additional licenses are available at a reduced price.
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