Guess the Picture Review Game (Classic Concentration/Boxes Review Game)
This is a fun game where students answer review questions and the teacher slowly eliminates boxes to reveal parts of a picture in the background. It’s an excellent activity to review things before an exam, to reiterate recent knowledge learned, or just to have some fun.
Here is how I usually play:
I put my students into groups of about 3 to 4 students. I let all the groups use the internet, their books, or class notes except when it is their turn. I ask a question to one group (group #1), if they get it correct, then they can eliminate one or two boxes and they get one opportunity to guess the picture behind all of the boxes. It usually takes a few minutes before you can start to see a picture because there are 99 boxes. The other groups that are waiting can look up the answer to your question in their notes/books/internet because if group #1 gets the answer wrong, then I go to group #2 to answer the same question. But now that it’s group #2’s turn, that group can no longer use their notes/books/internet. And Group #1 can now use their notes because I could possibly go back to them again to answer the question if all the other groups got the question wrong. Playing it this way keeps everyone involved even when it’s not their turn. Once a team successfully guesses the picture, the game ends. If it happens to end quickly, you could change the picture to something else and start a new game.
Other possible ways to play the game:
1. You can have 99 different questions and each box refers to a specific question. Groups select a number and you would read that corresponding question. That box can’t be eliminated until a group successfully answers that specific question. I like this way, but you would need to prepare a lot of questions.
2. Read a question to the whole class and the first person to raise their hand with the correct answer gets to eliminate a box that they choose.
3. Mathematics way – students have to create a math equation where the answer equals one of the boxes on the screen. For example: 80 + 9 = 89, that group can now eliminate the 89 box. You can change the math to multiplication, division, etc.
4. For a very quick game, you can eliminate all of the colors that you see. For example, a team can say, eliminate all of the red boxes after answering a question correctly.
5. You can also play this game as a semester/month long game where every day you eliminate one box that the class votes on. If the class can guess the picture before the end of the month/semester, then they can receive a prize or some sort of benefit.
The document is a PowerPoint document so you will need to have that software available to play this game in the classroom. There are a total of 99 boxes and the boxes are color coded by tens (For example: 90-99 is colored red, 70-79 is colored blue, 30-39 is colored purple, etc.). This also helps students to practice using their tens numbers.
*In order to change the image in the background, move one of the boxes to the side so that you can see part of the image in the back or the blank background. Right click on the image and click “Change Picture”. Then select a picture that you want. You can also just delete that background picture and copy and paste a new picture. Once you have a picture in the document or pasted to the background, you need to right click on the image and select “Send to Back”. That will then place the picture in the background behind all of the boxes so that you can start the game. Once a team successfully guesses the picture, then you can right click on the picture and select “Bring to Front” so that you can show the entire image to the class.
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