"Scoot!" is my student's favorite game to play in the classroom. Many of them cannot wait for test review days, in anticipation to play the game. This game gets students up and moving while reviewing their math skills. You can use this game like I do, for whole class review, or with small groups of students as a math center. See below for instructions on how to play both ways.
How to Use as a Whole Class Review Game:
Arrange student desks in a giant rectangle. Place a task card on each desk, flipped upside down, so that they cannot see the math problem. Each student should have a piece of lined paper and sit at a desk. When you say “go!” the students should write down the number of the problem and solve the problem. They will have one minute (or however much you give them!) to answer the question. When the minute is up, you will say, “SCOOT!” and the students must “scoot” one seat to their right. They will then proceed to write down the number of the problem and solve this problem. This will repeat as long as you’d like or until the whole class arrives back at their original seat. If your class is smaller than 32, you can always take away some cards to fit the size of your class.
How to Use as a Small Group Activity/Math Center:
After you cut the task cards out, shuffle the cards and put them in a baggie. Students can play in pairs or in groups of 3-4. One student should choose a card from the baggie. All players should try to solve that problem. Whoever solves it first is the “winner” and they can keep the card. The player with the most cards at the end is the winner of the game.