Overview: This product is designed to help students practice terms for American History from the Colonial through the Obama administration. It is a great resource for the Advanced Placement American History Exam or for unit tests and final exams.
Objectives: To help students review for history assessments in a fun, independent way! This game is just like the game played on the Ellen show where one person holds a term on their head and another person gives clues, in this case, another student will read the definition of the term. A higher level game might include a person giving clues without the use of the key and another student checking the guesses with the key.
Game Variations: Term cards can be used for Pictionary games or Hangman games as well.
Materials Needed: Copies and scissors.
Preparation: Prepare the game by making as many copies of the Key and Cards as you have groups. Cut the cards along the dotted lines and put them in a drawing stack.
Procedures: Divide students into groups. Set up roles. One student will hold the key and tell students if he or she got the term correct. Notice that each term has a number so that the key holder can find the term quickly. The rest of the students take turns drawing from the terms and holding them against their heads while the key holder reads the definition. The person holding the term card then guesses the term. Students may keep score if they like. Students should rotate the key holder responsibility so that each member of the group has to guess terms.