This is a review game that I created about 20 years ago and it has stood the test of time in my AP Biology classes. It promotes mastery of content and allows students to work at their own pace. My AP scores increased significantly once I implemented this game before each Midterm Exam and the AP Exam.
Student groups of four work great with this activity and 45 minutes is an adequate amount of time to spend playing Greed. What is great about this game is that students get through a ton of review questions in a short period of time. In addition, they are asking each other questions out loud which means they are pronouncing vocabulary terms (very important to solidify higher level concepts). They are also coaching and explaining concepts to one another throughout the game which means that all students are learning throughout the entire activity.
This kit comes with approximately 100 question cards with answers. Instructions are also included. There are Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 questions. The questions get harder with each level. As students move through the levels they must decide if they will stay at a certain level and keep their points or wager their points by moving to the next level. These questions can be easily modified to fit your curriculum exactly or you can simply use the questions that are included. The following topics are included in this kit:
1. Properties of Water (Excellent Solvent, Surface Tension, High Heat Capacity, Ice Floats,
2. Organic Compound Structure (Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Nucleic Acids)
3. Biogeochemical Cycles (Carbon/Oxygen and Nitrogen)
4. Dehydration Synthesis vs. Hydrolysis Reactions
5. Energy and Chemical Reactions (Exergonic vs. Endergonic, Entropy, Stability, Capacity
to do Work, 1st and 2nd Law of Thermodynamics)
6. Enzymes (Structure, Function, Allosteric Enzymes, Feedback Inhibition, Cofactors)
This game is structured enough that student groups are completely self-sufficient meaning they won’t need a lot (if any) input/interaction from the teacher so you will be free to get grading or other tasks done during class time! The best thing about Greed…….it is original. Because students haven’t played it a million times, they will find it engaging, challenging, competitive, and fun. My students absolutely love Greed!!