This fun and engaging review game comes with 36 United States reform movement-related questions/answers and consists of four different rebus-type puzzles each obscured by 9 tiles. Teams of students pick a tile and get a question. If they answer correctly, they get to see what is behind the tile and take one guess at the puzzle. First team to guess the puzzle’s message wins the round. There are four rounds and altogether they take ~45-55 minutes to do.
The puzzle answers are U.S. history-related, but not necessarily reform era-related. The questions are about 1800s United States reform movements, although you could adapt these puzzles by making questions about any topic.
Question categories (and example included content):
♦ Abolition (Underground Railroad, The Liberator, Frederick Douglass)
♦ Women's rights (Seneca Falls, Declaration of Sentiments, Grimke sisters)
♦ Education & Temperance (Horace Mann, Maine laws)
♦ Potpourri (Second Great Awakening, constitutional amendments)
This has run smoothly with classes numbering between 24 and 32 students but there is no reason it shouldn’t work with other class sizes.
Product is a .zip file which contains a power point* (.ppt) review game and a .pdf with directions and 36 review questions.
*Game requires a focus projector so the entire class can view it
→ Works great on an interactive white board! ←
This activity is student-tested and teacher-approved!
★ I created this game after I found Jeopardy®-type games did not engage the entire class. One knowledgeable student will not dominate this game, and students stay engaged when it is not their turn since they are trying to solve the puzzle. So many students asked me to make more of these puzzles that I made another and then another at their urging. I even made a science one for my wife - a 7th grade science teacher - and her kids loved it, too. I have not tried these with high school students but I imagine they would find them fun, also.
★ Since the puzzles are very English language-dependent, I have not tried these with my sheltered (EL/ELL) history classes, so I don’t recommend these puzzles for such a class, although my higher-level EL students in my non-sheltered classes enjoyed them.
Purchasing this product grants permission for use by one teacher in his or her own classroom. If you intend to share with others, please buy additional licenses. Additional licenses are available at a reduced price.
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