A fun way for students to review for the final (or end of year testing) is to create a board game. This attachment includes everything you'll need to set up and evaluate a board game over the 6th grade science Georgia Performance Standards (geology, hydrology, meteorology and astronomy). It's easy to modify for your own standards, though.
The attachment includes:
- Instruction sheet with clear expectations
- Rubric for the board game
- List of topics groups choose from (first come first served or you assign it- see below)
- Peer review form
- Alternate assignment (with rubric) for students who cannot or will not actively participate in a group assignment
I encourage my students to be as creative as possible. For instance, I had an oceanography group one time create a three-dimensional (not to scale) model of the ocean floor and in order to win the game you had to travel through the different underwater features (you could only move forward if you got a question correct). One of the biggest whines I get about this is that I will not give them a number of questions to make because some topics are more involved then others (lends itself to differentiation) and it depends on how good the questions are.
1. Have a big mailing envelope for each group to keep their game pieces, cards, etc. in so items don't get lost or "stolen"
2. Let students choose their top three favorite topics prior to assigning the board game project. Take student interest and personalities (you know who works well with whom at the end of the year) when creating groups. This is a wonderful way to differentiate based on interest and ability!